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Aussie Open fac­ing de­lay

- Sports · Tennis · Australian Open · Victoria · Australia · Tennis Australia

The sports min­is­ter for Vic­to­ria state says the 2021 Aus­tralian Open in Mel­bourne will ‘‘most likely’’ be de­layed by aweek or two from its sched­uled start of Jan­uary 18. Martin Pakula also said ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween var­i­ous lev­els of gov­ern­ments and ten­nis of­fi­cials were close to a con­clu­sion and that the first grand slam ten­nis tour­na­ment of the year­was ex­pected to go ahead. ‘‘There’s a num­ber of po­ten­tial dates on the ta­ble. I’ve seen re­ports that sug­gest that it’s likely to be de­layed by aweek or two. I think that’s still­most likely,’’ Pakula said yes­ter­day. Tour­na­ment direc­tor and Ten­nis Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Craig Ti­ley last­week­end said the fi­nal dates should be con­firmed within twoweeks.

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