Australia cancels men's and women's Opens due to COVID-19

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MELBOURNE, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Australia has cancelled its men's and women's Open tournaments successful a hammer stroke for the struggling home crippled arsenic COVID-19 and question restrictions proceed to bite.

Organisers had planned a late-January, early-February model for the men's Australian Open successful Sydney aft its archetypal November docket proved untenable.

But Golf Australia brag James Sutherland said enduring question curbs and the country's mandatory 14-day quarantine had near organisers with nary prime but to cancel the flagship lawsuit for a 2nd twelvemonth successful a row.

"The planetary constituent means shifting quarantine and question restrictions wreak havoc connected readying and, with our marquee players surviving abroad, the situation is adjacent greater," Sutherland said successful a connection connected Thursday.

"The unit and hazard connected big venues and organisers is besides precocious - these are tiny businesses who person already faced immense disruption owed to the pandemic."

The women's Australian Open, a halt connected the elite LPGA Tour, had been scheduled for February successful Adelaide.

Australia's borders are efficaciously unopen and improbable to unfastened to non-residents until 2022, portion the two-week isolation is putting disconnected the nation's apical players from coming location from the U.S. and European tours to enactment the home game.

The country's different marquee play event, the Australian PGA Championship, volition plough up successful Brisbane from Jan. 13, though galore home-based professionals volition beryllium incapable to attend.

Queensland state, of which Brisbane is the capital, has unopen its borders to southeastern states that are battling COVID-19 outbreaks. work much

Reporting by Ian Ransom successful Melbourne; Editing by Stephen Coates

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