The 2020 tennis season has come to an end, which is why fans are looking forward to the first big event of 2021 – the Australian Open. However, this edition of the tournament has been complicated by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Due to this, many protocols have to be followed, and one of the controversial ones is – quarantine.
Anyone entering Australia has to undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine. Many players are opposed to this, as they wouldn’t be allowed to train during those 14 days. Some players like Daniil Medvedev even called it ‘dangerous’ to play a Grand Slam after such a quarantine.
This is why Tennis Australia was seeking an arrangement where players would be allowed to train during the quarantine. It seems like they have succeeded as it was recently reported that the Victorian Government has given them permission for this.
Players will have to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines and they could be disqualified for not doing so. However, they will have no problem with this as they will be glad that they can train before one of the biggest events in the sport.
Before the decision regarding quarantine, things were not looking good for the first Grand Slam of 2021. The ATP Cup, which was to be played before the Australian Open was canceled. This raised a lot of concern as to whether the event will take place or not.
Now that the issue regarding quarantine has been solved, things are looking better. There are still some questions that need to be answered, like the number of spectators that will be allowed. However, the organizers will respond to this soon and we should see a successful event next year.