Australian Open set to be postponed – report

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The start of the Australian Open is expected to be postponed from January to February or March next year due to COVID-19 protocols in the country, the Herald Sun newspaper reported on Saturday.

“I am very confident that we will have an Open early next year,” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said on Saturday.

“The exact timing, the exact arrangements that we have in place, they are yet to be worked out and as soon as they are, I will be more than happy to share it with you.”

Organizers of the Australian Open were not immediately available for comment.

Tennis Australia (TA) had scheduled players and their entourage to arrive in Victoria in mid-December to have time to undertake a mandatory two-week quarantine period before competing in Melbourne in January.

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