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Australian Open qualifiers could be canned to cut potential delay – The Age

A three-round qualification tournament before the first round of the Australian Open could be canned to ensure the grand slam will only be delayed one week.

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Sources with knowledge of the negotiations say TA are acutely aware they will receive push-back from both the ATP and WTA, given qualifiers allow players struggling to survive on tour the chance to make significant money, but the solution may see the Victorian government green light a late December arrival date for tennis’ biggest stars.
Whether they will have to complete a strict 14-day quarantine or a mix of a soft and hard quarantine is still being discussed by TA and the government.
But even…

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