While the 2020 US Open remains hopeful that the tournament will take place and this year’s French Open continues to push back the dates, the 2021 Australian Open is pessimistically, or shall we say realistically, taking into account the possibility that the event in Melbourne could be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The coronavirus outbreak put a stop to the tennis season in early March and even though the Australian Open is still almost nine months away, Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley is aware of the fact that the Grand Slam event will not escape the impact of the pandemic, as fans from abroad will hardly be able to attend even if the tournament does go ahead.
“Worst-case scenario is no AO,” Tiley told the Australian Associated Press.
“Our best-case scenario at this point is having a tournament with players that we can get in here with quarantining techniques and Australian-only fans.”
Tennis tournaments have been suspended at least until July 13th. During the lockdown, we’ve had a couple of innovative online events — the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro and the Stay at Home Slam. Moreover, top-tier tennis is slowly returning on a local level, as this month we’ll have the UTR Pro Match Series presented by Tennis Channel played without audience on a private court in the West Palm Beach, FL, area. (source: ESPN)