After months of speculation, the postponement of the tournament and a dramatic quarantine period for players, the Australian Open is finally around the corner and will take place in Melbourne Park

The organizers of the Australian Open were lucky enough to get the 2020 tournament out of the way before the coronavirus pandemic devastated the global sports calendar

But just a few months ago there was uncertainty about whether this year’s edition would take place, as the green light was given just before Christmas

COVID-19 has ensured that the Australian Open tournament in 2021 will look different than in previous years, but there should be no shortage of entertainment or memorable highlights over the next fourteen days

The tournament should take place from 18 until 31 January, but has been postponed for three weeks as there are doubts whether it could take place due to coronavirus

The final of the main draw for women will be on March 20 February The men’s tournament

decides the following evening

Ash Barty, the top seed of women, has a favorable tie The number 77 in the world, Danka Kovinić, is her opponent in the first round

Should she win her opening game, Barty could face her Australian compatriot Daria Gavrilova in her next fixture, and she won’t play one of the top 16 seeds until the fourth round should she advance that far in the tournament

If Barty can make it to the semi-finals, she may play the defending champion and fourth Sofia Kenin, who beat the Australian in the semi-finals last year

The other half of the women’s draw is arguably the toughest Among them are Simona Halep, the winner of the Australian Open 2019, Naomi Osaka, and Serena Williams, the 23-time winner of the great singles

Novak Djokovic, number 1 in the men’s world, is aiming for the French journeyman Jeremy Chardy in the first round, while Rafael Nadal, the second, takes on the Serbian Lasio Djere

Djokovic and Nadal face each other in the men’s draw, which means they will only play against each other if they reach the final

If Australian Nick Kyrgios makes it to the third round, he could face the world number three and last year’s runner-up Dominic Thiem in a blockbuster fight

Dylan Alcott will be the headline again as he bids for a seventh straight crown

Alcott has had a 2020 season that not only included a win at Melbourne Park, but also a successful defense of his French Open individual title and an appearance in the US Open final

In addition to the quad single and double competitions, the single and double events for wheelchair users for men and women will take place this year

The upper half of the men’s draw will be played on Monday, the lower half will go to court on Tuesday

Djokovic will kick off his campaign at the Rod Laver Arena on Monday evening, while Kyrgios will play against Frederico Ferreira Silva in an evening event at the recently renamed John Cain Arena

The lower half of the women’s draw will be played on Monday, the upper half will follow the next day

Osaka will play against Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the opening game in the Rod Laver Arena on Monday Williams then meets Laura Siegemund

in the first round

The schedule for the second round (Wednesday and Thursday) will take shape as the results will be available on Monday and Tuesday

As part of the Australian Open’s COVID-safe plans, between 25000 and 30000 spectators take part in the tournament

It is expected that a total of 390000 people visit Melbourne Park, which is about half the average number of visitors in recent years

The Victorian government has approved the rules for spectators to wear masks, with restrictions depending on whether a stadium roof is open or closed

“Masks are required indoors this includes stadiums and other venues,” the Victorian government said in a statement

“For the purposes of the Australian Open, if the roof is closed at its retractable roof venues, these venues are considered interiors under the restrictions and the use of masks is required for all spectators and officials”

The rules apply to the three main courses in Melbourne Park, including Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena

The winners of the women’s and men’s finals will receive $ 2 million each, with the runner-up earning $ 1 million

The beaten semi-finalists collect 850 each$ 000 in paychecks, while those who depart in the first round of the tournament get $ 100Received $ 000 more for their efforts

The Nine Network is Australia’s host TV broadcaster It will broadcast the Australian Open live on its various platforms

We will provide coverage throughout the tournament, with match reports, news, analysis and live blogs

ABC Sport will be providing live updates on the radio throughout the weekend as part of the Summer Grandstand program

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