Memories of harsh lockdowns are still fresh in the mind of Melbourne residents. That's why the thought of 30,000 fans being inside Melbourne Park for Australian Open from Monday still seems surreal.
Australian Open organisers didn’t immediately provide details of how many players would have to isolate. But all competition at six tune-up events for the year's first Grand Slam scheduled for Thursday was called off.
Australian Open 2021: In Grand Slam first, electronic line calling set for all courts at Melbourne Park
Tennis Australia announced Wednesday the introduction of live electronic line calls, saying movement-activated and pre-recorded voices will be used for the terms "Out," "Foot Fault" and "Fault" in matches during the 8-21 February tournament
Rafael Nadal has taken an apparent swipe at Novak Djokovic over his requests for quarantined players preparing for the Australian Open, saying not everyone felt the need to "advertise" how they were trying to help.
Australian Open 2020: Former World No 1 Andy Murray pulls out of tournament after testing positive for COVID-19
Murray has finished his period of self-isolation and had hoped to compete in the first Grand Slam of 2021 in Melbourne.
Australian Open 2021: Tennys Sandgren allowed to board charter flight despite positive COVID-19 result
Sandgren was given a special clearance to board one of the flights from Los Angeles to Melbourne despite testing positive to COVID-19 in November and again on Monday.
In addition to his work with Becker, Ivanisevic, Cilic and other individual players, Brett coached for national tennis associations in Britain, Japan and Canada.
Melbourne's The Age newspaper and others reported a letter sent by Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley to players which made reference to an 8 February start date.
The proposals would allow players to train during a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.
Australian Open tournament director and Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley last weekend said the final dates should be confirmed within two weeks.
The new arrangements will involve players flying into Melbourne to undergo two weeks of mandatory quarantine, when they will be restricted to hotels but have access to tennis courts.
In letter to players, Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley says competing during quarantine a 'possibility'
Australia usually stages a number of tennis tournaments in January, culminating in the Australian Open which is the first Grand Slam of the year.
Stosur reached a career-high ranking of fourth in 2011 and defeated Serena Williams in New York for her maiden Grand Slam singles title the same year.
Smaller crowds, bio-bubble for players: Australian Open organisers chalk out plan to host 2021 edition
Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley will be looking at the running of both the US Open and delayed French Open to help plan contingencies for Australian Open 2021.
Australian Open cancellation a possibility; aim is to organise tournament with local fans only, says Tennis Australia chief
The tennis season was halted in early March due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 3.68 million people around the world while killing over 256,000, according to a Reuters tally.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Tough for game to resume this year, says Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley
Tennis could lose the remainder of the 2020 season to the coronavirus pandemic, Tennis Australia (TA) chief executive Craig Tiley has said.
Tennis Australia (TA) invited Court, who won a record 24 Grand Slam titles, to Melbourne Park to recognise the 50th anniversary of her 1970 calendar Grand Slam, while saying it disagreed with her “personal views”.
There is a lingering sense that the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the tennis calendar, could be a little better if only it started a few weeks later.
Australian Open 2020: Cooler temperatures, clear skies allow officials to begin Thursday's qualification matches on time
All of the early scheduled Australian Open matches on the outside courts at Melbourne Park got underway on time while several matches previously suspended due to the poor air quality or the rainfall were rescheduled to resume play later on Thursday
Australian Open 2020: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal need to address smoke-shrouded conditions, hits out Brayden Schnur
Tempers flared at the Australian Open qualifying on Wednesday as players battled through another day of smoky air and two of the game’s all-time greats were labelled “selfish” for not protesting about the conditions.