“All of the top 100 men and women have completed that. Everyone has indicated a desire to travel. If we announce tomorrow that they have to quarantine for 28 days or that they have to sit in a hotel room for 14 days, that will change.
“The current presentation we made to the players … has been very positive in the sense they have all signed up. Federer and Nadal are on 20 grand slams each, you have Serena wanting to break Margaret Court’s record and you have Ash [Barty] trying to keep her No.1 ranking. As far as player participation is concerned, we are in great shape.”
TA is considering scrapping its multi-city lead-up events and basing all players in Melbourne for the duration of the summer, however a decision is needed within a fortnight as state governments contemplate exemptions.
The ATP Cup, which was played for the first time earlier this year across Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, could be scrapped or moved to Melbourne if TA is unable to gain government exemptions that would allow players to travel interstate.
“We’ve said for us to make that decision there are two conditions we need,” Tiley said. “Condition one is that we need our quarantining plans approved. Condition two is we need to have some assurances from government that we’ll be able to travel freely from state to state, which we still don’t have as you can appreciate with some borders closed.
“Those are two difficult things that we need to get. By the end of next week, or maybe the week after, we’re going to have to move to a one-city only event. Right now I’d say it’s 50-50. If NSW says, ‘regardless of the infection rate or if there’s a rise we’ll give you an exemption’, that’s what we need.”
Australian Nick Kyrgios is expected to play his first grand slam since this year’s Australian Open. Tickets for the event go on sale on November 26. Organisers are working on a minimum 25 per cent capacity for the opening grand slam of 2021, but are hopeful that could increase significantly if the infection rate in Melbourne remains low over the next two months.