The 2021 edition of Australia Open could be an all Australian affair as foreign fans are likely to be banned from attending it due to fears of coronavirus spread.
The 2021 edition of Australia Open is likely to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
But in any event that
the first Grand Slam of the year goes ahead, global fans will not be able to attend.
This was made known on Wednesday by, Tennis Australia Chief Executive Craig Tiley.
In early March, the tennis season was put on hold because of the virus.
The Australian Open for 2020 took place in January as scheduled.
However, French Open has been shifted to September 2020. It was initially scheduled to start in May.
Wimbledon for the first time since World War II has been cancelled.
The way forward for US Open which is held in New York is expected to decided in June 2020.
According to Tiley, 2021’s Australian Open (AO) would not escape the impact of the pandemic.
He says to the Australian Associated Press, “Worst-case scenario is no AO.”
He added that “Our best-case scenario at this point is having an AO with players that we can get in here with quarantining techniques and Australian-only fans.”
Australia has recorded less than 7,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Fewer than 1,000 people are still sick, and 97 people have died from the virus.