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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian Open organisers are assured they may see a full slate of the world’s prime gamers, together with six-times champion Roger Federer, at subsequent 12 months’s delayed opening Grand Slam.
Tennis Australia and the Victorian state authorities mentioned on Saturday the match had been pushed again three weeks to begin on Feb. 8 after drawn-out negotiations over COVID-19 well being safety measures.
“We have now a dedication from each participant on the earth to be in Australia,” match director Craig Tiley mentioned. “Clearly it being the beginning of the season something can occur with that entry listing, however the dedication is there.. Each participant, together with Roger, have dedicated.”
Federer had solid some doubt as as to whether he could be match sufficient for the match after he had two surgical procedures on a knee damage final 12 months and missed just about your entire enjoying season.
The 39-year-old Swiss advised native media this month that his restoration was not on time, however Tiley mentioned he had been in contact with the 20-times Grand Slam champion who had begun his standard pre-season coaching block in Dubai.
“He mentioned to us that Feb. 8 was a extra appropriate date for him by way of getting ready for the Australian Open,” Tiley added. “However rather a lot will rely on how he responds to his surgical procedure within the subsequent two to a few weeks.”
The match will constitution flights to deliver all the principle draw gamers to Australia, with qualifying happening in Dubai and Doha.
Gamers would endure common COVID-19 testing in Australia and be allowed to coach for as much as 5 hours a day, one thing that Tiley mentioned had been a deal breaker.
“We’d not be ready to run the Australian Open if the gamers had been required to remain of their resort room for 2 weeks,” he mentioned.
The match could be performed in entrance of crowds, with Tiley anticipating them to be round 50% of the 840,000 that attended this 12 months’s match.
“We do count on to have good crowds,” he mentioned. “However this isn’t a 12 months that we attempt to beat numbers.”
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