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Australia news live: Sydney and Melbourne on alert over Covid cases as first matches to begin in Australian Open

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11.17pm GMT

So in the middle of this slight panic over the new Melbourne Covid-19 case, we notionally have thousands pouring into the Australian Open precinct for the first day of the international tournament.

Crowds have already been reduced due to Covid-19, but Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley said earlier today that the new case (which isn’t associated with any tennis quarantine hotels) would not affect the start of the Open.

@MatildaBoseley the gates are open for the #AusOpen. Not a mad rush this year. People I spoke to were unconcerned about Covid risk or extra security precautions. pic.twitter.com/laYl9XaY7f

11.15pm GMT

Spectators begin to arrive on day one of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

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