- Sports minister says one or two-week delay is probable
- Victorian premier stands firm on quarantine rules
A decision on when next year’s Australian Open will be held is imminent, but a delay of a week or two is the “most likely” outcome of talks between the state government, health officials and Tennis Australia.
The Victorian sports and tourism minister, Martin Pakula, conceded on Wednesday that a postponement of the tournament, which is scheduled to start on 18 January, was probable as the state continues its recovery from a hard Covid lockdown.
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