A new lockdown in the state of Victoria has been announced

The Victorian Cabinet met and decided the safest course of action was to return to Stage 4 restrictions and place the state back into lockdown, for a minimum of five days, meaning fans will be unable to attend the Australian Open until at least the quarterfinal stage in Week 2. The lockdown announcement is a significant blow for Tennis Australia, which has already faced backlash over its “hard quarantine” of international player arrivals last month, in addition to having to deal with a daily attendance cap of 30,000 through the first week. On Twitter Sky Sports Tennis said: “The Australian Open will proceed without crowds over the next five days after the state of Victoria was laced under a snap lockdown from Friday.”

The third round of the Australian Open gets underway. Serena Williams said after beating Potapova: “It definitely feels good to be in the fourth round and it’s so good to get through that match,” the 10th seed said. “I felt like I came out not off to the starting blocks like I would have wanted to and like I have been since I’ve been playing here. But it’s about surviving and playing better every round.”


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