Players planning to compete in January’s Australian Open should plan on spending Christmas in quarantine Down Under.

That’s the latest wrinkle from tournament TD Craig Tlley, whose organisation is keen to somehow stage the first major of 2021 despite the current pandemic crisis.

Tennis bosses are hoping to establish quarantine centres around the island nation where incoming competitors can serve their 14-day isolation period before getting stuck into Grand Slam preliminary event (like the multi-city ATP Cup) prior to the January 18 kickoff of the major in Melbourne.

Tiley revealed the ambitious – and so far unapproved plans – in a letter to players.

COVID rates in Aussie virus hotspot Melbourne have dropped rapidly after weeks of lockdown, with the future looking better.

“Australia is a safe place and the community has done a good job ensuring the infection rate remains very low by wearing masks, physically distancing and practising good hygiene,” Tiley said.

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