Australian Open 2021 day 5: What will snap lockdown mean for the tennis?

COVID-19 has already impacted the Australian Open significantly, but amid reports of an imminent lockdown in Melbourne, what happens to the tennis tournament?

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COVID-19 has already impacted the Australian Open significantly, but amid reports of an imminent lockdown in Melbourne, what happens to the tennis tournament?

Authorities fear Victoria is on the brink of the third COVID-19 wave with high-level discussions on Thursday night underway regarding the introduction of a snap lockdown.

State government advisers were on Thursday instructed to draw up a framework for another lockdown, which could be introduced as early as Friday night, or possibly within days.

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley has already endured a nightmare scenario in the lead up to this year’s tournament after 72 players were forced into hard lockdown after arriving in Melbourne.

Three charter flights returned positive COVID tests forcing  stars and their entourage into strict quarantine.

One player – Paula Badosa –  contracted the virus prior to the tournament. She was knocked out in the first round.

Ticket holders for this weekend’s action have taken to social media questioning if their passes will be refunded should a lockdown ben announced.

TA and Tiley have been contacted for comment.

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