State to help TA with multimillion-dollar Open delay, quarantine costs

The Victorian government is in negotiations with Tennis Australia to help it cover the cost of pushing back the Australian Open and quarantining international players.

Victoria's Treasurer Tim Pallas said on Friday morning that the government would help with such costs because the tournament is important for the state, and for the survival of tennis' governing body.

The Australian Open is set to be held from February 8-21.Credit:AP

“We’re working with them to assist them in being able to continue to provide this great sporting event.

“There will be a cost associated with the timing … essentially a cost to the state and a cost to TA.

“The state will happily provide support … it allows us to put on this event safely."

He would not confirm the tournament dates and said the Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton was involved in rubber-stamping the quarantine arrangements for players.

“He’s doing his job [Mr Sutton] and he is making sure he is satisfied around these arrangements," Mr Pallas said.

Players, crucially, are set to be allowed to train in quarantine for five hours a day – on-court practice, in the gym and for on-site nutrition and dining.

They are set to be tested five times over the 14 days and must test negative two days before arriving in the country.

Players will be transported to training and can only be accompanied by one person from their team on court, plus another player and their one coach or trainer for practice purposes.

They must remain in their hotel room at all other times.

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