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Sport Australian Open will go ahead as planned, insists tournament chief

07:15  17 january  2021
07:15  17 january  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Tournament director Craig Tiley insists the Australian Open will go ahead despite complaints and concerns about the poor air quality in Melbourne caused by ongoing bushfires in the country. The Australian Open is happening.” Tiley also said he "understands" the anger that has been expressed

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tilley explained how organizers are addressing the situation, saying: "We are communicating with everyone on this flight, and particularly the playing group whose conditions have now changed, to ensure their needs are being catered to as much as possible

The Australian Open will go ahead as scheduled despite 47 players being forced into hard lockdown amid positive COVID-19 cases, according to Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley.

The tournament was plunged into a crisis Saturday when two positive cases were detected on two charter flights carrying players into Melbourne. Tournament officials said two passengers on a flight from Los Angeles who arrived Friday morning had tested positive, along with one passenger who traveled in from Abu Dhabi.

None of those who tested positive were said to be players, although one was described as a "participant," which may mean a member of a player's entourage.

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Craig Tiley, director of the Australian Open , insisted that the tournament will go ahead as planned despite calls from athletes for it to be delayed or 'The Australian Open IS happening': Organisers confirm tennis event WILL go ahead despite health concerns over Melbourne's air quality due to bush

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley insisted the year's first grand slam would go ahead " as scheduled", but the air quality in Melbourne will be But Tiley expects the year's opening major to go ahead as planned , beginning on January 20, while organisers keep an eye on air quality.

Australia's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) said those aboard the flights were considered "close contacts" of those with the virus, and that means they will be confined to their hotel bedrooms for the next two weeks.

Isolating players are unable to leave their hotel rooms for 14 days until they are medically cleared, but Tiley insists there are no plans to postpone the tournament.

"It's not something we wanted to happen," he told Australia's "The Today Show." "We were hoping every flight would be OK. We're in this situation, we have to deal with it.

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Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley insisted the year's first grand slam would go ahead " as scheduled", but the air quality in Melbourne will be But Tiley expects the year's opening major to go ahead as planned , beginning on 20 January, while organisers keep an eye on air quality.

The Australian Open is a tennis tournament held annually over the last fortnight of January at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia .

"The Australian Open is going ahead and we'll continue to do the best we can possibly do to ensure those players, who are not in a great position, find it somewhat acceptable.

"We're planning on Feb. 8, we do have that buffer time in there. We're looking forward to welcoming fans to the Australian Open. Ticket sales have been going well, we've got two weeks of great tennis and our intention is to continue with those dates."

The Australian Open has pulled out all the stops in an effort to put on the Grand Slam event, and that has meant all players have had to arrive early and go into quarantine, although most will be allowed to spend five hours outside their hotel rooms each day to allow for practice and gym work.

Such limited liberties will not be afforded those hit by the news of the positive tests on their flights.

Players are finally coming out of the Australian Open's divisive, controversial quarantine, but many are furious they're stuck inside for an extra day .
Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka, and Serena Williams are out of quarantine. Many players with a lower pedigree are stuck for another day.High-profile stars Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka, and Serena Williams were among those first allowed out on Friday as their 14-day mandatory quarantine periods came to an end.

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