However the event can now start on Monday with gamers studying on Friday who they are going to face within the first spherical.
Defending males’s champion Novak Djokovic will play world No. 66 Jeremy Chardy, whereas second seed Rafael Nadal goes up towards No. 56 Laslo Djere.
Djokovic, an eight-time champion in Melbourne, is in the identical half of the draw as Alexander Zverev, Stan Wawrinka and final yr’s runner-up Dominic Thiem.
Nadal, hoping to win his second Australian Open title, will probably must face Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev or Andrey Rublev if he’s to succeed in the ultimate.
Within the ladies’s draw, world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty faces Danka Kovinic within the first spherical, and second seed and two-time grand slam winner Simona Halep performs No. 140 and residential favourite Lizette Cabrera.
Serena Williams, a seven-time Australian Open champion, performs Laura Siegemund, whereas final yr’s winner Sofia Kenin
faces one other residence favourite in Maddison Inglis.
Williams faces a health race forward of her first-round recreation after she withdrew from the semifinal of the Yarra Valley Basic warmup event with a proper shoulder damage, handing Australia’s Barty a walkover to the ultimate
The 23-time grand slam winner additionally mentioned upon arriving in Australia that the later begin date had helped her get better from an Achilles damage,
In the meantime, Nadal, who may move Roger Federer’s tally of 20 grand slam titles in Melbourne, faces damage issues of his personal with a stiff decrease again conserving him out of the ATP Cup.
Whereas a lot of the buildup to the Australian open has been dominated by coronavirus protocols and participant quarantines, organizers will now be hopeful that the event can progress easily over the subsequent fortnight.
The Victoria state well being division introduced on Friday that it had recorded zero native circumstances of Covid-19 from 14,612 exams.
The constructive check earlier this week broke a run of 28 days with no neighborhood transmission within the state of Victoria.