Start of Australian Open confirmed for Feb. 8

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Australian Open will begin on 8 February, three weeks later than scheduled, with organizers confirmed after months of speculation on the first Grand Slam of 2021 on Saturday.

The start date of the tournament’s main draw was originally set for January 18 and organizers are excluded from negotiating COVID-19 health safeguards with the local government.

“It will be a historic Australian Open on so many levels,” tournament director Craig Tilley said in a statement.

“For the first time in more than 100 years, the Australian Open will begin in February and we look forward to offering players what we believe will be one of their best playing experiences in 2021.”

(Editing by Mr. Navaratnam, Reporting by Nick Mullivani)

Travis M. Andrews
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book "Because He's Jeff Goldblum," a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.