The Australian Open will begin as scheduled on Monday even though a worker at one of the Melbourne hotels used to quarantine players and their entourages tested positive for COVID-19, tournament director Craig Tiley said on Thursday.
“We’re absolutely confident the Australian Open will go ahead,” Tiley told reporters in Melbourne. “We are starting on Monday.”
“This does give us three days for the lead-in events to be completed,” he added. “If we have to go through this again, we’ll go through this again. We’ve got another three and a half weeks of tennis and fully expect to keep to the original schedule once we get past today.”
“We’ve all been through a tough time for the past year and we would not have made this decision to go ahead without the full endorsement and support of the Victorian Government.” he continued. “There’s no such thing as no risk, there’s always going to be a risk and the objective is to minimise that as best as possible.”