Time has run out for the WTA Grampian Trophy with the Australian Open run-up event set to be finished without a final.
The five-day tournament which was to have concluded on Saturday was limited to players unfortunate enough to have been caught up in the “hard” pre-AO lockdown scenario – the result of arriving on a charter flight which featured a positive COVID test aboard.
The outcasts were not allowed out of their hotel rooms for the 15-day duration, while the rest of the tennis universe was able to practice, rehab and eat for five hours out of 24.
But the good-intentioned “mercy event” hit the scheduling buffers when all play at Melbourne Park was wiped out last Thursday, due to one positive virus test in a player hotel.
The Friday resumption would not have allowed enough time to complete the event without forcing semi-final winner to then play the final the same day, Sunday
With the Open beginning on Monday, that was an obvious non-starter.
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