Craig Tiley has delivered an update on what he calls “unavoidable delays” in getting charter flight details to players ahead of next month’s Australian Open.
Around 1000 players and staff are due to jet in to Melbourne on January 15th and 16th – ahead of a two-week quarantine period. (Daily Mail)
But with less than ten days to go, player plans are still uncertain due to flight details still not having been finalised.
He wrote: “There have been some unavoidable delays finalising flight details for players and I’d like to take this opportunity to provide an update.
“There are a lot of pieces to this logistical puzzle and the last few are being finalised right now.
“We will have as many as 18 planes and each will be limited to 20% capacity to ensure the flights are as safe as possible for everyone.
“We appreciate your patience and are conscious that time timelines are very tight.
“We are doing our utmost to get the flight details to the entire playing group as soon as possible.
“Thank you for bearing with us, we will get everyone to Melbourne.”
The plans for the players following charter flights to Australian Open
Tennis Australia will be laying on charter flights to the Australian Open from three hubs: Dubai, Singapore and Los Angeles. (tennisthreads.net)
Once they arrive, players will undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
They will be allowed five hours out of their rooms each day – but only after testing negative for COVID on the second day.
Once quarantine over, players will be able to play in several warm-up events.
A condensed ATP Cup will return alongside two ATP 250 events.
On the women’s side there will be 2 WTA 500 tournaments – with all matches played at Melbourne Park.
Any women knocked out early in the Australian Open will also be able to get more time on the court – with a WTA 250 event scheduled from February 13th onwards.
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