Cold comfort for Brisbane tennis fans

Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley has sympathised with Queensland fans robbed of January action following the decision to play the entire summer of tennis in Melbourne.

The 2021 Brisbane International and the Brisbane leg of the ATP Cup won’t go ahead following a TA decision to move all tournaments to Victoria to ensure players aren’t stranded elsewhere in Australia due to potential border closures enforced because of COVID-19.

“Brisbane has always played such a big and important role in the Australian summer of tennis and it’s unfortunate that due to the pandemic we can’t stage our usual events in Brisbane in 2021,” Tiley said.

“I’d like to personally thank the Queensland government, authorities and our own teams for their efforts during the extensive process we’ve gone through to reach this decision.

“We know how passionate Queenslanders are about their tennis, and how much they love coming out to support the Aussie players and we look forward to coming back bigger and better than ever in 2022.”

Naomi Osaka in action against Karolina Pliskova at this year’s Brisbane International. Picture: Patrick HAMILTON / AFPSource:AFP

ATP Cup Brisbane general manager and Brisbane International tournament director Mark Handley promised the return of “world-class tennis” to Queensland in 2022.

“Tennis fans in Queensland will understandably feel a little flat with the decision however the current COVID-19 protocols meant a Melbourne only summer of tennis is the safest and most feasible option for the playing group,” Handley said.

“Our team, who have worked on the events all year, are sad that the tournaments won’t be happening in Brisbane but we look forward to planning for the return of world-class tennis at the Queensland Tennis Centre in 2022.”

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