Please Explain podcast: will it be Ash’s year at a very different Australian Open?

It’s been a complicated process but the 109th Australian Open commences today as the coronavirus pandemic continues around the world.

The tennis grand slam will open to crowds of almost 50 per cent capacity each day, following a massive logistical effort to quarantine the players and their entourages.

Officials have had to overcome several hurdles that threatened to disrupt the tournament, including passengers on Australian Open charter flights testing positive to COVID-19, forcing more than 70 players into hard lockdown.

Despite the organisational headache, Australian Open boss Craig Tiley says pressing on with the event will protect it from being poached by another country down the track.

In today’s episode of Please Explain Daily, national editor Tory Maguire and sport journalist Sam Phillips discuss what to expect from this year’s grand slam.

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