Melbourne in snap coronavirus lockdown, Australian Open to go ahead but without spectators

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced snap coronavirus lockdown for Victoria. Melbourne which falls in Victoria will abide by the same measures. As of now, the Australian open will go ahead as per schedule but with no crowds.

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Rod Laver Arena

The official Australian Open Statement

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews announced that the state will enter a 5day quarantine starting Friday. This is in response to a coronavirus outbreak in the state. So the Australian open 2021 will be played behind closed doors for these 5 days. This change will affect the players on court too. But at this point its a necessity.

Play will continue,” says tournament chief Craig Tiley.

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Craig Tiley

Tournament director Craig Tiley announced that play will continue, but without crowds. He said that the players will compete and do so in a bubble form.

This is a sad bit of development for the Australian Open organizing committee who really did their best to ensure the tournament could go ahead with people in the stands. Not to mention the financial burden incurred due to gate money lost.  “We are notifying ticket holders, players and staff that there will be no fans onsite at the AO for five days, commencing from Saturday 13 February.” the AO Official statement read.

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