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Australian Open delay

The Australian Open will likely be delayed by one to two weeks, officials said yesterday, as talks continue over staging the tournament in Melbourne, which has only recently emerged from months of coronavirus lockdown. A delay for a week or two to the first Grand Slam of the year, set to begin on January 18, was now “most likely”, said Martin Pakula, Victoria State Sports Minister. “I still think it’s much more likely that it will be a shorter rather than longer delay.” The “very complex negotiations” were still under way but he remained confident it would go ahead in early 2021. Australian Open chief Craig Tiley had originally wanted players to start arriving in Australia from mid-December so they could undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine before playing warm-up events.


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