The Australian tennis federation, organizer among other things of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year, has lost over 100 million Australian dollars (about 70.8 million dollars) due to the Covid impact had on the tournament last year, the 2020-2021.
According to the annual report of the ocean federation, the losses are due to many particular reasons including the high cost of quarantines for tennis players, the stringent safety measures and the restrictions on the public of the stadiums that forced the organizers not only of the Australian Open into an emergency, but also of all the other tournaments held there between the month of January and February.
Tennis Australia, the official name of this organization, announced the report and the reasons for these huge and heavy losses: “This result is in line with expectations and reflects the challenges in the business environment that we had to face during the Pandemic. linked to Coronavirus.”
The official report and the big losses
Last year to curb losses the federation changed the fiscal period and changed it from June to September so that organizers could include the A $ 24 million lost in that period.
Tennis Australia will hold the next Australian Open in January and also due to these losses, as well as obviously the safety of people, added that it has adapted to Covid and for the Australian tournament will require the vaccination against Covid not only to the public and to employees but also to all the tennis players of the Tour.
This provision has caused several controversies in the circuit and the presence of important tennis players at the tournament appears in the balance, first and foremost that of the number one in the world Novak Djokovic. The Serbian champion has not yet clarified and does not want to clarify it for privacy if he has been vaccinated and if he will consequently be present at the Australian tournament.
Recently Srdjan Djokovic, Nole’s father, attacked harshly saying that neither he nor his son want to be subjected to blackmail and that for this reason he does not mean for privacy if he was vaccinated in his country.
We have to recall that Roger Federer will not be at the Australian Open 2022. On the court Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams.