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Tennis star and most 20-20 Grand Slam winners Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are set to play the tournament. -File photo
- Tennis first Grand Slam from January 18, other show-piece events will also take place in Victoria
- 14 days will remain in Quarantine and all will also be tested twice.
Melbourne, the city facing long and tight lockdowns, will host the Tennis Grand Slam Australian Open next year. If all goes well, the tournament will be played at its scheduled time from January 18 to January 31. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrew says all tournaments to be held in Summer next year will be played in Victoria State itself. This includes warm-up events as well as show-piece events.
Tennis tournaments are also played in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Hobart before the Australian Open. But this time due to the Kovid-19 epidemic, all these tournaments will take place in the city of Melbourne in Victoria State.
Fans will also get an entry According to Andrew, there are plans to hold regional matches in Melbourne apart from the Australian Open in Bendigo and Traralago. If that happens, it will be the first time that the first tennis of the season will be held at the three venue against the Grand Slam. Fans will also be allowed in these tournaments. But the formula will be the same as in the MCG for the Boxing Day Test match. That means 25% of the fans of the capacity will be allowed to come. There has not been a single case of coronavirus in Victoria for the past 17 days. Ticket sales will begin on November 26.
After the win, Thiem said – Tired of bio-bubble, no sunlight, Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem started with a win in the ATP Finals. World No-3 Thiem defeated Stefanos Sitipas of Greece 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. Lockdown has been imposed in the UK in view of the increasing cases of Corona. Players are in bio-bubble. Their hotel is just 6 minutes away from ATP Finals’ Venue O2 Arena.
Regarding bio-bubble, Thiem said, ‘Corona test, tournament without fans, living in bio-bubble is a completely new experience for everyone. Bio-bubble is exhausting. We only get fresh air for two-three minutes. No luck till sunlight. This year has been very easy physically. This is my only 30th match this year, which is not a very big number. But it was very tough mentally. That is to say, the fans get a lot of energy. If you play in front of 17 thousand fans, then it gives a lot of positive energy. We have to push ourselves a lot without fans. One has to give positivity and energy to himself.
Big-3 confirmed to participate in the tournament, Serena Williams will also play Tennis Big-3 i.e. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic have agreed to participate in the tournament. Apart from this, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams have also confirmed to play. Tournament director Craig Tiele said players coming from abroad would spend 14 days in Quarantine at the Bio-Bubble in Melbourne. More than 550 players and support staff from around the world will start arriving in Melbourne from mid-December. Everyone will have a Kovid test twice in 14 days.