The Australian Open could be pushed back as far as April as tournament organisers struggle in a battle with strict COVID restrictions.
The grand slam, which is slated to start on January 18, remains in doubt as international tennis players and their entourages still have no answers on what access into Melbourne looks like.
SEN’s tennis guru Brett Phillips said there simply was not enough time for the stars to arrive in early January before taking the court.
“I cant see how we’re going to start on January 18,” Phillips said.
“We’re talking somewhere between 1500 and 200 people, players, entourages, umpires… the many people who are part of a grand slam.
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“If they can’t come (into Melbourne) until January, we can’t start on January 18.”
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews today said the “exact timing” of the grand slam was “not settled yet”, indicating a move could be on the cards.