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Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley not considering resignation

Tiley insisted the COVID-19 testing regime for Australian Open players has worked well and has been successfulGETTY IMAGES

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley in his first public comments at the Australian Open indicated that he “has not considered resigning” in the wake of the Novak Djokovic visa fiasco, according to Lauren Wood of the Melbourne HERALD SUN. Tiley maintained that he is “firmly focused on the year’s first major ‘and delivering a great event’” and that stepping down from his role "was not on his radar." Tiley, who also serves as Australian Open Tournament Dir, "was booed as he paid tribute" today to Australian champion Sam Stosur as she ended her singles career. He also refuted claims made by former mayor John Locco that Tennis Australia "had footed the bill for Djokovic’s legal battle," but "dodged questions about the tennis body’s dealings with government" (Melbourne HERALD SUN, 1/20).

SERVING MORE CRITICISM: In Melbourne, Spits, Koziol & Gleeson write Tennis Australia is "under fresh scrutiny" from players who claim that the Australian Open’s voluntary COVID-19 testing code is "exposing them to risk." Alexander Zverev and Garbine Muguruza were among the players "who drew attention to a lack of rigour in testing" for COVID-19 at the tournament. The testing "effectively operates on an honour system" and is "only compulsory if players have symptoms." Tiley insisted the COVID-19 testing regime for players “has worked well and it has been successful." Zverev said that he was living in a self-imposed bubble "to reduce his risk of contracting the virus," and speculated that some players "were competing with COVID-19 because there was no strict testing procedure in place" (Melbourne AGE, 1/20).

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