Tiley had initially wished gamers to start out arriving in Australia from mid-December so they might endure a compulsory 14-day quarantine earlier than enjoying conventional warm-up occasions earlier than the Grand Slam.
However that plan was thrown into doubt by Victoria state Premier Dan Andrews, significantly since Melbourne solely just lately emerged from a months-long lockdown to get rid of a second wave of Covid-19.
Andrews reportedly solely desires gamers to reach from early January, which might make all of it however inconceivable to carry the high-profile ATP Cup and different tournaments earlier than the scheduled begin of the Open on January 18.
It additionally stays unclear whether or not gamers might be allowed to coach throughout quarantine.
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“Tennis Australia is doing every little thing we are able to to finalise the summer time of tennis as quickly as doable,” Tiley stated in a press release.
“We’re working carefully with the Victorian authorities on a plan that takes under consideration the wants of the gamers, followers, our companions and workers, and is of main profit to the Victorian and Australian financial system.
“We’re persevering with our pressing talks with native well being authorities concerning quarantining and bio-security necessities and are assured we can have selections quickly.”
The Melbourne Age newspaper stated it understood the Open would possible be delayed by one or two weeks, with February 1 rising as a doable begin date.
However the Melbourne Herald Solar stated it could possibly be pushed again so far as early March.
“Tennis Australia is conscious about the necessity for certainty, but additionally aware of reaching an answer with the state authorities that ensures the security of the whole neighborhood,” stated Tiley.
Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Nadal stated it was an unprecedented state of affairs and urged persistence from gamers.
“We simply have to be affected person and settle for the state of affairs that we face. That’s troublesome for everybody,” he stated on the ATP Finals in London.
“We have to be versatile to grasp the state of affairs and to discover a strategy to play as many tournaments as doable subsequent yr.”