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The latest news on the AO is that the organisers have finally got the players' charter flights sorted out -

"The Australian Open will lay on as many as eighteen planes to fly players to Melbourne this month from potentially three different locations around the world [Dubai, Singapore and Los Angeles].

They will be flown at only 20% capacity to keep competitors and their accompanying staff as safe as possible on the long journey."

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-9116069/Australian-Open-organisers-reveal-plans-charter-18-planes-fly-players-staff-Melbourne.html
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MA -  Out of interest, does your brother also think that the Oxford vaccine will offer protection from B117 which seems to be the dominant strain at the moment?

Anyway I don't want anything to do with this or any other make of the vaccine until it's been thoroughly tried and tested - and by that I mean on the population in general and not just a few thousand 'guinea pigs', especially as I know from googling it online (The Wellcome Trust) that it usually takes an average of 10 years from initial research, through phase trials, to final authorisation by the appropriate health bodies before any new vaccine an be administered - yet the Covid vaccines are being made available after only a few months.

As for the residents of the hotel, I agree that they should have been consulted first - although it sounds more like an apartment block than a hotel, but maybe Australians call such buildings hotels?


It does usually take about 10 years to finally be able to administer a vaccine, you're right.
But I do think the Oxford vaccine and the Phizer one will be safe and I think over a million people have already had the vaccination.
We can't wait 10 years for them to test these vaccines, most of us would be dead by the time they were considered safe to use ...
I hope I can have the vaccine fairly soon, I'll let you know if it has any side effects and I'll tell you all about it at the time.
I do actually think the tennis players should have the vaccination as soon as possible, they need its protection if they're going to continue to travel and to play.

I really don't blame the Westin residents for being wary and unsure about all those people sharing the building.

I don't know if Australians call apartment blocks hotels - does it matter?!
But yes it does look more like an apartment block.

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^ I do realise that they had to find a vaccine very quickly, and probably these two are OK, but I still don't want it in the foreseeable future!  Please do let us know how you get on when you have it.

I don't care either what the Australians call hotels but that doesn't alter the fact that the residents of the Westin should have been consulted first.
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I'm beginning to wonder if the AO is actually worth all this hassle because restrictions are far tighter than they were at the USO and RG.

https://www.firstpost.com/sports/strict-quarantine-awaits-top-tennis-stars-as-organisers-hope-for-small-miracle-to-successfully-pull-off-australian-open-9192931.html


Also two players have already had to be withdrawn from the qualifiers in Doha after testing positive for covid.

https://www.sportsnet.ca/tennis/article/two-test-positive-covid-19-australian-open-qualifying/
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I actually wonder if the A0 will take place.
I shouldn't think the players will like having to spend 19 hours a day in their rooms.  They'll all understand why, but even so ...
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Anyway I don't want anything to do with this or any other make of the vaccine until it's been thoroughly tried and tested - and by that I mean on the population in general and not just a few thousand 'guinea pigs', especially as I know from googling it online (The Wellcome Trust) that it usually takes an average of 10 years from initial research, through phase trials, to final authorisation by the appropriate health bodies before any new vaccine an be administered - yet the Covid vaccines are being made available after only a few months.



I could be wrong, but my understanding from a piece with an expert on Radio 4 a few weeks ago was that this vaccine has not had to be created from scratch.  Covid-19 apparently has many similarities with SARS which a vaccine was developed for around 15 years ago.  So it only took a bit of tinkering (which they'd already got) last February 2020 to get the vaccine adapted.

This is, I gather, why we can get a 'new' flu vaccine every year - i.e. they don't have to start from scratch.

I'll be getting it as soon as I'm offered (which is probably months...)
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I could be wrong, but my understanding from a piece with an expert on Radio 4 a few weeks ago was that this vaccine has not had to be created from scratch.  Covid-19 apparently has many similarities with SARS which a vaccine was developed for around 15 years ago.  So it only took a bit of tinkering (which they'd already got) last February 2020 to get the vaccine adapted.

This is, I gather, why we can get a 'new' flu vaccine every year - i.e. they don't have to start from scratch.

I'll be getting it as soon as I'm offered (which is probably months...)

Thanks for your interesting post.  I think I'll probably have the vaccination in February as I'm classed as "clinically extremely vulnerable".
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After15 years of being known as the Rogers Cup, Tennis Canada have announced that it's to be renamed National Bank Open.

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/tennis/rogers-cup-renamed-national-bank-open-1.5897746
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Does anyone else miss the ATP/WTA app?  It was so handy to have all the results, tournament dates and draws all in one place.
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I didn't even know there was one but it did sound very useful.  Maybe they'll bring it back now that more tournaments are being played.
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The French Open has been put back one week because of the covid situation in France and will now begin on 30 May, leaving only two weeks before Wimbledon.

https://inews.co.uk/sport/tennis/french-open-2021-postponed-when-roland-garros-start-new-dates-wimbledon-947170
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With only two weeks this year between RG and Wimbledon this year, the ATP is eyeing up a Masters 1000 grass court event to be held either in London or in Germany, the alternative being to hold Queens and Halle on different weeks.

https://www.tennis365.com/atp-tour/atp-masters-1000-grass-halle-london/
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As from 2022 there will be no Middle Sunday break for players at Wimbledon -
https://www.atptour.com/en/news/wimbledon-2021-news-capacity-middlesunday
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As from 2022 there will be no Middle Sunday break for players at Wimbledon -
https://www.atptour.com/en/news/wimbledon-2021-news-capacity-middlesunday


I think the players will miss their Sunday off, but that's how it is I suppose.

Thanks for the other interesting things re 2021 included in the link.
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The Hopman Cup is returning in 2022 - only it won't be in Australia, but probably somewhere in Europe.

https://tennishead.net/itf-to-reinstate-hopman-cup-starting-from-2022/
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