Disappointing news for the tennis enthusiasts as they will be banned from the Australian Open for five days as the Victorian Government imposed a statewide coronavirus lockdown. Daniel Andrews announced a five-day, State-wide lockdown, imposing new restrictions that restrict residents to their homes except for work, to shop for essential supplies.
Moreover, he said that the Australian Open could continue “because these people are at their workplace.”
“The minimum number of staff for it to be run safely will be there,” Mr. Andrews said. “It will be happening, but there’ll be no one there watching it.”
“Large and small professional sport events, they will function essentially as a workplace, But they will not function as an entertainment event, because there will be no crowds. And the workforce will be the minimum that is needed in order for that to be Covid-safe and safe in lots of other contexts.” Andrew said.
He said professional sporting events could go ahead, but without spectators.
Director Tiley said he had not considered canceling the event. “Arrangements will be put to place according to the requirements of the event.”
“Play will continue and players will compete in a bubble form not dissimilar to what they’ve been doing right throughout the year,” he said.
He also stated, “Those who will be allowed on site will be players and their direct support teams as well as those staff members who are unable to do their work from home.”
Players supported the decision to play without crowds
Tiley said he had spoken to some players, who supported the decision to play without crowds.
“They have been through a rigorous process already.”
Serena Williams, the women’s No 10 seed, expects the new measures to impact the players, but fully supported the decision to lockdown.
“It’s rough,” Williams said after her third-round win on Friday. “It’s going to be a rough few days for I think everyone, but we’ll hopefully get through it. But, you know what, at the end of the day we have to do what’s best. Hopefully it will be all right.”
Many players have spoken to play in front of spectators. However, that will not be possible due to the pandemic situation. Further, those with tickets for the next five days will be able to apply for a full refund, TA said.