Tennis Australia conceded Thursday that January’s Australian Open faces cancellation underneath a worst-case situation, however stated it was taking a look at a spread of choices in hope the COVID-19 disaster eases.
This yr’s tennis calendar has been suspended till no less than July 13 and, with world borders closed, there’s uncertainty about when the worldwide circuit can resume.
The season-opening Grand Slam is scheduled to happen in Melbourne from January 18-31, greater than eight months away, and Tennis Australia stated it might abide by no matter restrictions had been in place at the moment.
“We’ve certainly made no secret about the number of scenarios that we’re looking at,” a spokeswoman instructed AFP.
“We’re hoping for the best but planning for everything.”
Prospects vary from cancellation to imposing quarantine on abroad gamers and permitting solely Australian followers into the occasion.
“We have to look at all the angles because a lot of the decisions will be beyond our control and related to government guidelines and restrictions,” she stated.
“We do need to have all the protocols in place to ensure everyone’s safety.”
This yr’s Wimbledon has been cancelled for the primary time since World Warfare II and the French Open postponed till the tip of September.
The USA Tennis Affiliation will resolve in mid-June whether or not or not the US Open will be capable of start on schedule in New York in August.
Australia has banned all journey into the island nation for non-residents.
Whereas talks have begun on opening up borders to neighbouring New Zealand, which like Australia has efficiently managed the epidemic, officers have stated it may very well be many months earlier than different worldwide arrivals might be allowed.