As the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on the people around the world, many sporting events like the Tokyo Olympics and the Euro 2020 have been cancelled and rearranged with later dates. Similarly, the tennis season has also taken a hit and it looks unlikely 2021 is going to be any different.
A spokesperson of Qantas spoke to Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday regarding the suspension of international and sale flights, including routes to New Zealand, until further notice due to the current pandemic.
International travel looks unlikely for the foreseeable period with flights not available for operation until March 28th, 2021.
This has cast a shadow on the 2021 edition of the Australian Open which is scheduled for January-February and whether it will be conducted as usual.
Australia has come through largely unscathed with minimal cases when compared to other countries around the world. But, the non-availability of international flights may prove detrimental for the participating players to travel to Australia.
The next few months will be crucial for the Australian Open organizers to decide whether the tournament will be conducted as scheduled.
The US Open organizers recently announced that the 2020 US Open will be conducted as scheduled at the end of August although the nation seeing surges in coronavirus cases.
Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios is one among the several tennis players who have spoken out about not being sure whether the tennis season should resume amidst the global pandemic.