The ATP and WTA occasions, scheduled to happen in January 2022 forward of the Australian Open 2022, have been cancelled following issues with COVID-19 protocols. After cancelling the 2021 version of New Zealand’s premier event, the Auckland basic has fallen sufferer to the pandemic but once more. Followers had been actually wanting ahead to seeing their favourites battle it out subsequent yr; nevertheless, they must accept disappointment.
“We’re extremely upset that we received’t have the ability to convey the ASB Traditional again to Auckland this summer time, however present immigration and quarantine necessities imply it’s simply not possible,” Tennis Auckland Chairman, Simon Vannini stated.
Australian Open 2022 doubtful?
The ATP and WTA Tour are vital in constructing as much as the mega-tournament, the Australian Open. Nonetheless, with the announcement of their cancellation, the AO now stays unsure. Because it seems, the explanation for the cancellation of the event appears to be the stringent immigration insurance policies that limit greater than 250 athletes, officers and employees from travelling to New Zealand.
The Auckland Traditional has seen some heavyweights, combat it out through the years. The present girls’s champion is the 23 time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams, whereas the boys’s title belongs to French worldwide Ugo Humbert.
Experiences counsel that the borders of Australia are anticipated to be shut till mid-2022, making the AO an unimaginable dream. Nonetheless, with the committee wanting via totally different situations to seek out one which pans out the most effective, there’s nonetheless hope for the season opener.
Chairman Vannini believes that every one is just not misplaced
Chairman Simon Vannini, guarantees followers to attempt his greatest in guaranteeing the event isn’t whitewashed fully. “We’re working carefully with Tennis NZ on some various concepts that we expect will preserve tennis followers excited, and we are going to proceed to make sure tennis stays one in all New Zealand’s favorite sports activities,” he stated.
Rescheduling the AO this yr proved to be a really pricey affair with authorities having to fly greater than 1000 gamers, coaches and officers to Melbourne. To not neglect, additionally bearing the price of their two-week quarantine keep. Actually, the committee will attempt to discover different methods of organizing the blockbuster occasion.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 19: A ballboy on court docket throughout a match between Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia throughout day 4 of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2012, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photograph by Lucas Dawson/Getty Photos)
As issues stand, one can solely hope that the a lot anticipated Australian Open 2022 is someway nonetheless on the playing cards. The event performs a pivotal position in getting the ball rolling for the remainder of the season. With out it, followers must wait a little bit longer whereas the gamers will wrestle tougher to seek out their rhythm.