Australian Open delay 'most likely': minister

Negotiations with health authorities over the details of that quarantine were close to a conclusion, Victorian Sports and Tourism Minister Martin Pakula told reporters in Melbourne.

Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews, who on Wednesday celebrated the state's 25th day without a new COVID-19 case, said he was confident the tournament would go ahead but that players would have to undergo quarantine.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said in a statement on Sunday (November 22) he was confident he would be able announce the details of the health measures "soon".

Tennis Australia also plans to move all of the Australian Open build-up tournaments, including the ATP Cup, to Victoria from cities around the country.

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MARTIN PAKULA: There's a number of potential dates on the table. I think I've seen reports that suggests that it's likely to be delayed by, you know, a week or two. I think that's still most likely, but it's not it's not the only option.

You know, as you know, the French Open, I think, was delayed by many months. Wimbledon didn't occur at all. But look, I still think it's much more likely that it will be a shorter rather than a longer delay.

Tennis Australia and the playing group have been encouraged to keep those-- the total number of people coming in to, you know, not necessarily to a minimum, but to a lower number that might have otherwise been the case.

DANIEL ANDREWS: We'll have an Australian Open tennis tournament, we'll have a Boxing Day test, but they'll look different, they'll have to be different. And look, if you look at the rest of the world, the rest of the world's on fire. So there will be quarantine for anyone coming to our city and state. There's just no way around that.

So the last thing we're going to do is, as important is a tennis tournament is, we're not going to jeopardize our coronavirus status by anything other than the higher standards. People will have to quarantine.

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