Tennis great Boris Becker said Wednesday he is stepping down from a position overseeing youth development and the Davis Cup team at the German Tennis Federation. Becker has been charged in London over accusations he hid assets including two Wimbledon trophies, real estate and bank accounts during bankruptcy proceedings. As head of men's tennis in Germany he visited academies, watched youth tournaments and was in overall charge of the Davis Cup operation.
The sports minister for Victoria state says the 2021 Australian Open in Melbourne will ''most likely'' be delayed by a week or two from its scheduled start of Jan. 18. Martin Pakula also said negotiations between various levels of governments and tennis officials were close to a conclusion and that the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year was expected to go ahead. Australian Open tournament director and Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley last weekend said the final dates should be confirmed within two weeks.
Negotiations with health authorities over the details of that quarantine were close to a conclusion, Victorian Sports and Tourism Minister Martin Pakula told reporters in Melbourne. Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews, who on Wednesday celebrated the state's 25th day without a new COVID-19 case, said he was confident the tournament would go ahead but that players would have to undergo quarantine. Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said in a statement on Sunday (November 22) he was confident he would be able announce the details of the health measures "soon". Tennis Australia also plans to move all of the Australian Open build-up tournaments, including the ATP Cup, to Victoria from cities around the country.