Spectators will probably be welcome at the Australian Open again from Thursday. According to Australian media, the Australian state of Victoria will come out of the lockdown on the night from Wednesday to Thursday (local time).
The Australian government would have already decided on Tuesday that the lockdown will end. Only a large number of corona infections on Wednesday can change their mind.
Since last Saturday, no public is more welcome at the Australian Open. Authorities have declared a lockdown of at least five days in Victoria.
Until Saturday, 30,000 spectators were welcome at Melbourne Park every day. That number would already be scaled down to 25,000 fans per day in the second week. It is not yet known how many fans will be welcome from Thursday.
The public had to leave the Rod Laver Arena on Friday during the match between Novak Djokovic and Taylor Fritz.
The tournament’s denouement is approaching
The reason for the lockdown was an outbreak in a so-called quarantine hotel in Victoria. This had no major consequences for the tennis players, who had to stay in quarantine for fourteen days upon arrival in Australia.
On Thursday, probably the first day that the audience will be present again, the semi-finals of the women’s tournament and a men’s semi-final battle are on the program.
Demi Schuurs is the only Dutch still active in Melbourne. On Wednesday she will play with her American partner Nicole Melichar in the semi-finals against the second-placed couple Elise Mertens / Aryna Sabalenka.
Source: NU by www.nu.nl.
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