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Australian Open boss Craig Tiley denies 2022 tournament will be moved offshore due to player protests

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Australian Open boss Craig Tiley has refuted a report the 2022 tournament could be moved overseas due to player issues with quarantine, declaring it will be in Melbourne.

A report on Monday said with border closures set to continue into 2022, player disquiet with having to quarantine in Australia could force the tournament to be moved to Doha or Dubai.

It was reported players would not be willing to go into hard quarantine in Australia in order to compete as they did this year.

This year players have been able to operate in a bubble at tournaments around the world, where quarantine has not been required.

But Tiley, while aware of the challenges organisers face in navigating quarantine issues, is adamant the Australian Open will be staged in Melbourne.

“We’re going to be here in Melbourne, we are going to make it work, it’s going to be in January,” Tiley said at a SportNXT launch on Monday morning.

“We’re going to find a way to get the players here who are currently travelling the world in a bubble.

“We are the only country where quarantine is required. We’ve got a find a way to manage that and we will.”

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