Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has revealed the tournament plans to enforce a biosecure bubble before next year’s first Grand Slam event of the season.
This year, players, coaches and officials had to spend 14 days in quarantine upon arriving to Australia.
Many were outraged and the Australian Open organizers are keen to avoid the same scenario.
“There’s a lot of time between now and when we get going, but at this point in time we’re planning on having a two-week bubble, where the players will be able to move freely between the hotel and the courts,” Tiley said, per Sky Sports.
“They’re protected, they’re kept safe among themselves and safe from the community as well.
“And after those two weeks, they’ll come out and be able to compete in the Australian Open in front of crowds.
“Were working with the government and health authorities now on the amount of crowds and what the Australian Open will specifically look like.”
Tiley was praised by Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic
Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, captured a record ninth Australian Open title this past February.
After winning it all, Djokovic gave credit to Tiley for organizing the event.
“I think it was a very successful tournament and I’d like to praise [tournament director] Craig Tiley for a tremendous effort,” said Djokovic. “It was challenging on many different levels and Tennis Australia should be very proud for making it possible.”
Djokovic handed a straight-set defeat to Daniil Medvedev in this year’s Australian Open final.
“On the court, Daniil is one of the toughest players I have ever faced in my life. It’s only a matter of time before you hold a Grand Slam trophy,” said Djokovic, in the trophy ceremony. “If you can wait a few more years, I’d appreciate it. It’s amazing that he has put together a 20-match winning streak over the past few months.”