SYDNEY: The Australian Open will be open to 30,000 fans a day, about 50 per cent of normal attendance, when Victoria’s Minister of State for Sports Martin Pacola said on February 8 that the Grand Slam participation was continuing.
The limit will be reduced to 25,000 during the last five days of the tournament when there are fewer matches, but Pacola said the announcement would make Code 19 the most popular sporting event since the onset of the epidemic Will ensure large crowds.
“This means that in 14 days, we will have 390,000 people in Melbourne Park and that is about 50% of the average over the last three years,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the tournament.
“It will not be like the last few years, but it will be the most important international crowd event that the world has seen in many, many months.” Pakola said the decision was a testament to the work the Victorians have done to control the new corona virus after enduring the world’s longest and toughest lockdown.
It’s been 24 days since Victoria reported a locally acquired Covid 19 infection, while in Australia as a whole it was posted on Saturday, the 13th day without a community case. The Australian government says the country has been on track to launch its vaccine rollout since the end of February, despite reports of supply problems in Europe.
Before the first Grand Slam of the year, more than a thousand people, athletes and their delegations had to go through a 14-day quarantine on arrival in Australia.
Most people were allowed to go out of their rooms for training and gym work for five hours a day, but on Australian flights, 72 passengers remained in a severe lockdown after fellow passengers tested positive for the virus. Cowid-19 is born.
Despite some grips with the start of the quarantine, tournament chief Craig Tilly said he was “particularly proud” of the “playing group”, most of whom will be out of jail by the end of Saturday.
Melbourne Park, the site of the Australian Open, was busy with all but 22 players outside the hotel quarantine on Saturday and was preparing for Sunday’s tone-up event.
Two WTA tournaments went into official action on Sunday, and Australia’s world number one Ash Barty has bid farewell to the first round in one of them. Ajla Tomjanovic, ranked 69th, will face Alice Carnet of France in the first round to decide who will play the 2019 Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka in second place.