There’s widespread confusion over tonight’s blockbuster match between Nick Kyrgios and Dominic Thiem after Victorian premier Daniel Andrews introduced a snap five-day lockdown for the state from 11.59pm Friday night time.
The announcement has left confusion over tonight’s match, scheduled to happen at 7pm AEDT on John Cain Area, with the COVID-safe allowance set to be exhausted for the mouthwatering matchup between Kyrgios and the world No.3.
Event Director Craig Tiley stated Tennis Australia was nonetheless liaising with the state’s well being division to determine what occurs if matches go previous 11.59pm on Friday night time.
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Tennis Australia stated anybody holding Open tickers for any session between Saturday and Wednesday would quickly have the ability to apply for a refund, with particulars on the method to be suggested. Tiley additionally confirmed anybody with tickets for Friday night time’s matches might be eligible for refunds.
Kyrgios despatched out an Instagram story with a previous image of him interacting with followers alongside the caption: “See you all tonight.”
Kyrgios additionally had a crack at fellow Australian participant John Friends, who cheekily tweeted “Does this imply valentines day is cancelled?” after coming off the court docket to seek out on the market was a five-day Victorian lockdown.
Kyrgios replied: “Not the time John. Not the time.”
Andrews was requested to immediately tackle tonight’s tennis motion and stated he hoped individuals would use “widespread sense”.
“These guidelines come into impact at 11.59. Not simply from ‘that’ occasion however for all the foundations that I’ve talked about,” he stated.
“However I might be encouraging individuals … simply to make use of widespread sense and as a lot discretion, erring on the facet of ‘let’s do all the pieces we are able to to make this 5 days – and now not than that’. So if you happen to don’t need to exit tonight, then don’t.
“AFLW or ‘that occasion’ or any variety of different giant and small skilled sport occasions, they may perform primarily as a office. They won’t perform as an leisure occasion as a result of there might be no crowds – and the workforce would be the minimal that’s wanted to ensure that that to be COVID secure and secure in numerous different contexts.”