Australian Open 2019

Police supervised practice sessions to form part of new Australian Open plans

The Australian Open is likely to go ahead as planned with police-supervised practice sessions, according to reports.

Brett Phillips, who hosts the First Serve radio show in Melbourne as well as being the court announcer at the Australian Open and ATP Cup, issued an update on Tuesday with more details on the current plans for the tournament.

He claims players will be required to quarantine for two weeks on arrival but, crucially, will be able to practice during it.

However, those practice sessions will be strictly supervised affairs, with the police in attendance.

“My understanding is that the international players will be able to quarantine from Jan 7-21 supervised by Victoria Police and will be able to practice but not compete,” Phillips said on Twitter.

“January 25 or February 1 start to be confirmed, and decision still to be made on qualifiers and lead-in tournaments.”

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