Not a happy new year for organizers of tennis’s first major of the year the Australian Open.The tournament is set to begin on the 8th of February amid a second waive of the coronavirus currently sweeping across the globe. The organizers have come up with a plan that sees the players arrive in Melbourne on the 15th of January and immediately go into a 14 day quarantine period. There are set to be housed in some apartment building owned by a hotel. However this is not sitting well with the residents already living in the building.There are claiming that they were not consulted as to the plans as well as pointing out the health risks with many of them in the vulnerable demographic. This could yet cause the tournament itself to be delayed if a legal challenge ,which looks inevitable,is launched.
On more positive news, the ATP Cup is scheduled to return after its inaugural year last year in Melbourne. It is like a mini World Cup of tennis. Competing 12 countries are chosen based on the ranking of their top player. The last country is the hosts, Australia given a wild card. Last year’s final was played by Spain and Serbia with a blockbuster clash between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.The tournament will run along with two ATP 250 tournaments. Below is last year’s final in which Serbia defeated Spain 2-1.