Australian Tennis head, Craig Tiley has warned that it will be long before the game will come due to the global epidemic, COVID-19.
The tournament director of the Australian Open, said that the recent problem imposed by the global health crisis shows that world tennis won’t come back to normalcy.
“Right now the state borders are not open, they’ve been closed for more than six months,We need a guarantee that for instance, if you were playing in Brisbane and all of a sudden 100 new cases cropped up, would you then require a new two-week quarantine coming from there into Melbourne?” He told Daily Mail newsmen.
“We said from the beginning that if quarantine plans are approved across the states then we can play across the cities, otherwise we have to contract everything to Melbourne, because that’s where everyone has to be in late January.” he explained.
Recall that, this year’s Australia Open was played under normal circumstances without limits, since then, no other major Grand Slams were played, as Wimbledon 2020 was cancelled, first time in the Open Era. Both U.S Open and French Open were played behind closed doors with few spectators.
It was reported that players travelling to Australia have already been told that they will need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival but they should be allowed to practice.
Mr Tiley believe that due to the pandemic complications, the chances of Melbourne hosting their major in ‘normal’ capacity may be slim until after 2023. The pandemic have had a negative impact on the revenue of the game.
“I’m of the view that these current adjustments will last longer than we think,’ he said. ‘We are already talking about different (Australian Open)scenarios for 2022, because we don’t think we will be repeating 2020 (the ‘normal’ Grand Slam event which took place in January) until at least 2023 or 2024.’
“That’s how we are managing our risks and our cash flow. Professionally we need to be realistic and manage players’ expectations on money and opportunity and make sure that events can be sustainable for the future.” He explained.
He has also warned that some tournaments will not be able to survive due to the financial impact. On the ATP Tour 250 events could face tough times ahead from 2022 should a strategic plan get approval. Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi wants Masters 1000 events to be extended which will result in six of the smaller events taking place during the second week of those events.