According to multiple reports, the Australian Open will begin on Monday, February 8.
Tournament head Craig Tiley sent a note to players informing them the start date would be February 8.
“It’s taken a while, but the great news is it looks like we are going to be able to hold the AO on February 8,” Tiley wrote.
The tournament will require players to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival which will be around January 15.
During quarantine, players will be allowed out of their hotel rooms for five hours per day: 2 hours on court, 2 hours in gym and 1 hour for dining.
The tournament will pay make allowances for flights and pay for costs during quarantine.
Prize will reportedly stay on par with increases up to $100K for first round losers who make the long trip.
While nothing is official from any tour or the tournament, if true, this is have a major impact on the February and March schedule which includes Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami. Already, Indian Wells is in some doubt with the surge of virus cases in California and the state shutdown.
But at least tennis appears to be on track for a second week February start.
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