Tennis boss reveals Australian Open travel plans

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Australian Open brag Craig Tiley has flagged the instrumentality of a near-normal summertime of tennis successful 2021-22, arsenic vaccine rates proceed to soar crossed the country.

This year's Australian Open was delayed until February arsenic the pandemic caused chaos with the schedule, with a mid-tournament lockdown preventing crowds from attending connected 5 days.

The presumption of planetary events successful Australia remains uncertain, with Melbourne's Formula One race, scheduled for November, cancelled aft organisers were incapable to scope an statement with wellness authorities to bring drivers and squad unit into the country.

The lead-up to this year's Australian Open was overshadowed by 72 players being forced into hard quarantine aft being exposed to COVID-19 connected their mode to Melbourne.

Speaking astatine an lawsuit to motorboat Nine's summertime of tennis, Tiley was hopeful the accomplishment of players into Australia would beryllium antithetic this clip around.

Tennis Australia brag Craig Tiley. (Nine)

"There's a batch of clip betwixt present and erstwhile we get going, but astatine this constituent successful clip we're readying connected having a two-week bubble, wherever the players volition beryllium capable to determination freely betwixt the edifice and the courts," helium said.

"Of course, antecedently we had quarantine, but present we're looking astatine much of a bubble scenario.

"They're protected, they're harmless amongst themselves and harmless from the assemblage arsenic well."

Crowd limits and lockdown meant this year's tourney was attended by conscionable implicit 130,000 fans, a acold outcry from the expansive slam grounds of 812,174 successful 2020.

While a instrumentality to pre-pandemic levels mightiness beryllium optimistic astatine this stage, Tiley says the players tin look guardant to showcasing their skills successful beforehand of spectators erstwhile again.

"After those 2 weeks (in the bubble), they'll travel retired and beryllium capable to vie astatine the Australian Open successful beforehand of crowds," helium said.

Ash Barty volition beryllium seeking to go the archetypal section victor of the Australian Open since 1978. (Getty)

"We're moving with the authorities and wellness authorities present connected the magnitude of crowds and what the Australian Open volition specifically look like.

"We've got immoderate large plans, immoderate large things to introduce."

Those plans volition see the unveiling of a caller amusement tribunal arsenic portion of the redevelopment of the Melbourne Park precinct.

Tiley noted that Wimbledon champion Ash Barty volition commencement arsenic 1 of the favourites, arsenic she looks to go the archetypal section champion since 1978, portion defending champion Novak Djokovic could beryllium chasing an unprecedented 5th consecutive expansive slam title.

"There's galore opportunities we person to person a large story," helium said.

"Obviously, support everyone harmless (is the priority), arsenic acold arsenic vaccinations, we're hoping to deed the people of 80 per cent positive by the clip we get to November, that volition surely assistance the concern for the lawsuit successful January."

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