Australian Open 2021

‘Bubble’ to return as Australian Open entry requirements revealed

Details for player entry into the Australian Open have been revealed, with players arriving after a certain date being required to ‘bubble’.

With the 2021 season reaching its conclusion, attention has been shifting towards the 2022 season, more specifically the Australian Open.

However, questions remain unanswered after a considerable amount of government contradiction has caused confusion amongst the ATP, WTA and ITF.

When completing the recently released invitation form for the Australian Open, players must declare their arrival dates.

Additionally, players arriving after December 27th will be required to ‘bubble’. However, it has is not totally explicit what the term ‘bubble’ refers to specifically, and has not yet been officially clarified.

The Australian Open will take place from the 17th to the 30th January, meaning players may have to ‘bubble’ or quarantine for up to three weeks.

Similarly, players arriving after December 27th will also have to arrive via a chartered flight organised by the Australian Open, as happened in 2021.

Both players and teams alike have started applying for the relevant travel visas required to enter Australia for the Slam tournament.

The visas should be granted and received between the third and fourth weeks of November, should the visa applications be submitted before the November 2nd deadline.

It is still unclear as to whether unvaccinated players will be allowed to compete at the 2022 Australian Open, especially after Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has refused to back down.

Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.