WTA tournament to be held for players in tight isolation in Melbourne

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has announced a new tournament in Melbourne for players who are staying in a 14-day isolation and are unable to practice before the Australian Open starting on 8 February . This new tournament will be held from 3 to 7 February and will be for players who are not able to train.

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A total of 72 players are in tight isolation after finding Kovid-19 positive cases in three chartered flights for the Australian Open. The two ATP Men’s tournaments have been put forward for 24 hours, with the first starting February 1 and the ATP Cup a day later. WTA players are in dire isolation, including former Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber along with 2019 US Open winner Bianca Andriscu.

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Australian Open tournament director Craig Tilley said on Sunday, “It is a very challenging time for players in tight isolation and we want to do everything we can to help with the WTA and ATP.”

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