Playing Australian Open straight after quarantine ‘dangerous’, warn tennis stars

London: Playing the Australian Open with no preparation time would be "very dangerous", Brazilian doubles specialist Bruno Soares warned on Wednesday, after lead-up events to the Grand Slam were thrown into further doubt.

The stark message came after Australian tennis chiefs flagged "new challenges" around the arrival of players during the coronavirus pandemic.

In correspondence with players, the ATP -- the men's tennis tour -- said arrivals originally planned for December were now uncertain, potentially disrupting the packed January schedule.

With players facing a 14-day quarantine, any delay could make it difficult to hold the high-profile ATP Cup and other tournaments before the scheduled start of the Australian Open in Melbourne on January 18.

"In discussions with Tennis Australia over the past 24 hours, we have been informed there are some new challenges around the previously planned arrival dates for players and team members," read the ATP's message, which was tweeted by world number 193 Lukas Lacko.

"We understand there is uncertainty about the start of the 2021 season, and we are working as hard as possible to deliver the best possible calendar of events," the ATP added. - AFP sono��fgX% A�?u=�Vu�J/r0�b�~�8�6�Ī