Australian Open: catching up on time, keeping hope

Melbourne (AFP) - Tennis is set to resume Friday in Melbourne with a very busy schedule and formats adapted to make up for lost time following a positive case of Covid in a hotel, but this alert is above all a reminder of how Australian Open is hanging by a thread.

“We are absolutely confident that the Australian Open will take place,” Premier of the Year director Craig Tiley said Thursday.“Our plan is to continue playing tomorrow (Friday) as scheduled,” he added.

A few hours later were actually published programs concerning the six preparatory competitions for the Australian Open which is due to start on Monday.

All the singles matches of the three WTA 500 tournaments will be cut short by a super tie break in ten winning points in the possible 3rd set.On the men's side, no change of format announced, but every 8th and quarterfinal of the two ATP 250 tournaments is will play on Friday alone.There is no change announced for the ATP Cup.

All because half a thousand people - players and accredited - who went through their isolation at the Grand Hyatt, one employee of which tested positive on Wednesday, had to undergo a new test on Thursday and then had to self-isolate - again after a more or less strict first quarantine of 14 days on their arrival in Australia - in a hotel room while awaiting their result.

Some hastened to publish their negative result on social media.

"After a negative result, it's good to go to the gym," comments Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia with a photo showing her lifting a dumbbell.

"Negative and free again ...", welcomes Fabio Fognini on a selfie in the street.

Posted Date: 2021-02-17

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