Organizers of the Australian Open Tennis Tournament say the event will be scrapped next year if the players are forced into two weeks of hard quarantine.
The tournament is scheduled for January 18-31 along with the usual lead up events.
However, head of the tournament, Craige Tiley, is banking on Australia’s state and federal governments relaxing border restrictions and granting special approval for a training bubble to be established for the world’s elite players.
Tiley says it’s impractical to force players to stay in a hotel room for two weeks and then ask the players to suddenly refocus and be at their best.
Roger Federer and Serena Williams, both of whom turn 40 in 2021, have already committed to playing at the tournament.
But Tiley warns that players will withdraw if they are not able to train properly.