The coronavirus pandemic is forcing to look at the long-term resumption of many sports competitions and in some cases the return to more than a year is already being studied, as is the case of the Australian Open, which in the “worst case” contemplates the return of the tournament for 2022.
The next edition of the Oceanic Grand Slam should be held between January 18 and 31, 2021, but even with so many months of margin the organizers do not see its celebration safe. “We have to prepare for all scenarios,” explained tournament director Craig Tiley to the Australian newspaper. The Age. The last edition of the tournament was played last January and was won by Novak Djokovic.
As in the case of Wimbledon, the Australian Open has insurance that covers pandemics but expires in July. The leader, however, explained that they have more optimistic options: “Another scenario is to return behind closed doors, as the AFL (Australian Football League) is evaluating now and the NRL (National Rugby League).”
The other possibilities are to move the date of the first major event of the year in tennis or cancel the next edition: “Another scenario is to play at another time of the year and in the worst case there is no Australian Open until 2022” Tiley explained about the options that the organization manages.
For now, tennis remains stopped until at least next July 13, when the Bastad Tournament must be held, which is the first competition still in force after the suspension of previous tennis appointments, as Roland Garros, postponed for September, or Wimbledon, canceled until 2021.