The boss of the Australian Open, Craig Tiley, is against changing the date of the event.

Craig Tiley doesn't see any reason to change the date of the Australian Open.
Craig Tiley doesn’t see any reason to change the date of the Australian Open.

Craig Tiley, who is in charge of the Australian Open tournament, said that the event shouldn’t be moved, but he did say that the international tennis season is too long.

  • Tiley says that the Australian Open will stay in January as planned.
  • He does think that the international tennis season should be looked at again.
  • Tiley thinks that people will cheer for him at the Australian Open. Novak Djokovic

There are always calls to move the first major tournament of the season to a different time of year, away from Australia’s intense heat, and to give players more time to get ready after the short off-season.

World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz and two-time women’s champion Naomi Osaka have both pulled out of the tournament in the past few days, which is bad news.

Tiley criticised a News Corp report from the weekend that said the Australian Open should be moved. However, he did agree that the length of the season should be looked at.

“I did read that [News Corp report], and I thought it was a crazy claim that made no sense at all,” Tiley said.

“This is the season, and you talk to every player. It will begin in January. Here in Australia, it all starts.

“It ends late for the men with the Davis Cup, but not as late for the women. I still think it’s a long season. This is something we’ve been talking about for a long time.

“But Australia is summer, Australia is January, and this tournament is one of the players’ favourite places to play, from their point of view.”

“They’re getting here earlier. Players are now here for six or seven weeks, which is a normal way to prepare for the Australian summer. They already know what to do.”

Alex de Minaur likes playing in the Australian Open in January.
Alex de Minaur likes playing in the Australian Open in January.

Alex de Minaur, an Australian tennis star, said it was “no secret” that the tennis season was long, but he liked that it started in January.

“You play tournaments all year long, and you don’t finish until quite late. All of that depends on your schedule, “he said.

“I’m sure a lot of players would like a little more time for the off-season. But we’re kind of used to it at the same time.

“I’ve been doing it for a few years now, where I finish quite late and then jump right into the action.

“You can choose to take some time off at certain times of the year, which is probably the best thing to do. So I’ll check that out.”

Many competitors are coming from Europe and the United States, where it is still winter. De Minaur said that it was up to the players to plan their preseason and get used to the heat.

Tiley talks about the COVID case

Tiley said that players would no longer have to report positive COVID-19 tests, but they should still stay home if they are sick.

“We follow the rules, and we’ve told the players and the over 12,000 people who work for us that if they feel sick, they should stay at home,” he said.

“Like in cricket, there could be players who compete with COVID,” he said.

Novak Djokovic will play in the Australian Open for the first time in two years.
Novak Djokovic will play in the Australian Open for the first time in two years.

Tiley also said that Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios would play a practise match on Rod Laver Arena on Friday night, before the tournament started on Monday.

It will be Djokovic’s first match at Melbourne Park since he won the men’s singles title there in 2021.

He didn’t go to the tournament last year because he was kicked out of Australia for not getting a COVID-19 shot.

Tiley said that he thought the crowds at Melbourne Park would be just as happy to see Djokovic as they were when he played at the Adelaide International.

“I’ve had a few conversations with Novak over the course of the year,” he said.

“We’ve talked a lot over the past week. He had a great time in South Australia and felt welcome there. This week, he will take part in a few things.”

With COVID-Tiley, people could play at the Australian Open.

Craig Tiley, who is in charge of the Australian Open, said on Monday that players will not have to take COVID-19 tests and will be able to play even if they have the virus.

The health policy, which Tiley said was a reflection of what was going on in the community as a whole, is a big change from the strict rules that have been in place for the last two years.

After an outbreak of the virus in the area, spectators were kept out of the 2021 tournament for several days, and nine-time winner Novak Djokovic was kicked out of the country because of his views on vaccines.

Tiley told reporters at Melbourne Park, “We just wanted to go with what was going on in the community at the time.”

“We’ve gone a step further by suggesting that people stay home when they’re sick, and our medical staff will continue to keep an eye on that, both with the players as a group and with each player individually.”

Matt Renshaw played for Australia against South Africa in a five-day test match in Sydney last week, even though he tested positive for COVID.

The batsman was kept away from the rest of his team for the first three days of the match, but after several negative tests, he went back to the home dressing room.

“We’ve told our players and staff that if anyone feels sick, they should stay home,” Tiley said.

“It’s a normal environment for us, and there could be players who compete with COVID, just like there are in cricket.”

During the height of the pandemic, Melbourne had some of the longest and strictest lockdowns in the world. However, recommendations have long since replaced mandates as the main part of the city’s public health policy.

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