Government officials began to backtrack on Monday on whether fans can return for the last four days of the Australian Open as promised 

The Grand Slam slammed to a halt for spectators last Friday at midnight after 13 positive COVID-19 tests at an airport hotel last week.

The rogue tests resulted in a five-day shutdown of the entire state with its population of six million.

But politicians have now started to fudge on their promises with controversial PM Dan Andrews seeding doubts about the return of spectators as the event wraps up on Sunday with the men’s final.

“We’ll be able to say more when more time goes by and we get more results,” Andrews said on Monday. “We’re in a good position, but it’s too early to think about Wednesday night.”

Local media reported an additional virus test discovered on Monday runs the total to 17; that appeared to be enough for the PM to hint at moving the goalposts at the last minute.

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