preparation tournaments modified to help quarantined players

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The week leading up to the Australian Open has been reshuffled to offer the 72 players who currently observe a strict 14-day quarantine better opportunities for preparation and training, organizers of the inaugural Grand Slam tournament said on Sunday. the season.

“Following extensive consultation between players and the circuits, Tennis Australia has devised a new schedule, taking into account the limited time that many players have had to prepare,” said the press release from the major’s organization. from February 8 to 21.

For women, three WTA 500 tournaments will take place, including the two initially scheduled from Sunday January 31 to Saturday February 6, with a slightly reduced number of participants.

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A third tournament, for players who have not been able to train, will start on Wednesday 3 and end on Sunday 7 February.

For men, the two ATP 250 tournaments as well as the ATP Cup, a competition between national teams, will be postponed for 24 hours.

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The two ATP 250 events will start on Monday February 1, with an increase of 56 places for the singles main draw, while the ATP Cup will start on Tuesday February 2,” the statement said.

“This is a particularly difficult time for the athletes who are in quarantine and we, along with the WTA and ATP, are doing all we can to help them,” said Craig Tiley, director of the Open D ‘. Australia.

To be able to organize the first Grand Slam tournament despite the new coronavirus pandemic (February 7-21), Tennis Australia and the health authorities of the state of Victoria have put in place a very strict health protocol with in particular a quarantine of 14 days imposed on all participants. They have an exit permit for five hours a day to be able to train on condition that they do not undergo a positive covid test and not be in contact.

However, ten positive cases have been detected among the thousand people who arrived by charter flights at the end of last week. As a result, a total of 72 players were placed in strict quarantine, without any authorization to leave their rooms.

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