Australian Open boss Craig Tiley says it is “full steam ahead” for the tournament despite a COVID-19 scare.
Australian Open boss Craig Tiley says it is “full steam ahead” for the tournament despite a COVID-19 scare that caused play in warm-up matches to be abandoned today.
A bullish Tiley fronted media in Melbourne and said the AO would start on Monday as planned with no changes to the draw.
After a AO quarantine worker tested positive to coronavirus, nearly 600 people associated with the tournament – including players and staff – were identified as casual contacts and are isolating until they receive a negative test result.
Those results are all expected in by this evening.
“We fully expect them all to test negative and return to play tomorrow,” Tiley told reporters.
“We’re absolutely confident the Australian Open is going to go ahead.
“We are full steam ahead.”
The scare has, however, forced organisers to delay the AO draw from today until tomorrow.
Tiley said a revised draw for the warm-up tournaments would be released by 6pm today.
“We have a few options in regards to the draw and format,” Tiley said of the warm-up tournaments.
“We fully intend to stick to the original (AO) schedule… and continue with the lead-in events.
“The players have been fantastic, all gone and got tested.
“They’re very supportive of what we’re doing.”