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The Australian Open’s director defends the tournament’s January date

Tiley was responding to a report that the first Grand Slam of the season might be moved to January, during the peak of the Australian summer.

Craig Tiley, the tournament’s director, says that plans to move the Australian Open up in time to give players more time off are “bizarre” and “ridiculous.”

Tiley was responding to a report that the first Grand Slam of the season might be moved to January, during the peak of the Australian summer.

I actually read that. Tiley stated, “I thought it was absolutely ridiculous, a bizarre claim.” This season, you talk to every player. In January, it begins. Everything began in Australia.

To mark the beginning of the Australian Open qualifying tournament, Tiley delivered a speech on Monday at an event held at Melbourne Park. The professional season had been “no secret” for a long time, according to the Australian player Alex de Minaur, who was also present; however, he preferred that it begin in January.

Tiley stated, “Alex has a good point about the length of the season.” The game’s duration must be collectively decided.

I do think the men’s season will be long, despite the fact that it ends later than the women’s. That has been a subject of discussion for quite some time.

“However, this event is one of the players’ favorite places to play because it takes place in Australia in January and the summer.” The fact that well-known athletes enjoy wearing the men’s No. 1 has been attributed by some commentators to the brief offseason. 1 from the occasion. Due to injuries, Carlos Alcaraz, the first Alacaraz, and veteran Venus Williams will not participate in the tournament. The transition from winter in the northern hemisphere to summer in Australia presents another obstacle for many players.

According to Tiley, the players had ample time to prepare and adjust. He asserts, “They are coming here earlier, we will see players for six or seven weeks, and the preparation for the Australian summer is very normal.” They are aware of their obligations. According to De Minaur, the length of the season should be taken into account.

De Minaur stated, “It’s no secret the year is a very long year.” Because you participate in tournaments throughout the year, you finish very late. That depends on everything, including your schedule. More downtime would undoubtedly be appreciated by many players. However, we are also somewhat accustomed to it. I’ve been doing it for a few years, finishing late and getting right into the action.

Additionally, Tiley stated that players would no longer be required to report positive COVID-19 tests for the first time since 2020. Nevertheless, he stated that sick players would be encouraged to abstain.

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