Tennis

Aussie Open won't change men's format

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(AP) -- Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has ruled out any change in the best-of-five set format for men's singles matches at the season-opening tennis major as three more COVID-19 cases were reported among the international arrivals for the tournament.

There are 72 players now in hard quarantine and unable to practice because of nine active coronavirus cases - an increase in three since the weekend - among the incoming travelers to Melbourne. There was no immediate indication from health officials Tuesday that there would be any increase in the number of affected players.

A Tennis Australia spokeswoman declined to provide the AP with a list of the 72 players, but many have made their status known via posts on social media.

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