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Lawrence wins Joburg Open amid bad weather and Covid chaos

Result was called after 36 holes of the inaugural event on the DP World Tour with Lawrence beating fellow compatriot Zander Lombard by four shots after posting opening rounds of 65 for a 12-under-par total of 130

Last Updated: 27/11/21 2:55pm




South Africa’s Thriston Lawrence celebrates after winning the Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Club

South African Thriston Lawrence has won the Joburg Open after the third round was abandoned because of bad weather.

It meant the result was called after 36 holes of the inaugural event on the DP World Tour with Lawrence beating fellow compatriot Zander Lombard by four shots after posting opening rounds of 65 for a 12-under-par total of 130.

The tournament had already suffered weather delays on both Thursday and Friday with lightning storms and heavy rain leaving large parts of the course unplayable after a second round which was suspended for two-and-a-half hours due to the thunderstorms.

It is the second blow the tournament has suffered after it had to be cut to 54 holes on Friday to help non-South African resident players, caddies and tournament support staff return to their respective countries due to changing coronavirus travel restrictions.

And although England’s Ashley Chesters finished the event in third, five behind, a host of British and Irish players withdrew after South Africa was placed on the red list for travel by the UK government, including former Ryder Cup player David Howell, with Lee Slattery among four further players to withdraw during the weather delay.

With concerns surrounding a new Covid-19 variant in the country, next week’s SA Open Championship is also no longer sanctioned by the DP World Tour, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship in December cancelled completely due to the Covid-19 situation.

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Aus Open director expects 95% of players vaccinated for tournament

Australian Open boss Craig Tiley expects up to 95 per cent of professional players will be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the time of the Grand Slam in January but is unsure whether Novak Djokovic will be among them; A bumper schedule of warm-up tournaments have also been announced

Last Updated: 25/11/21 8:14am




TA boss Craig Tiley expects up to 95 per cent of players will be vaccinated against COVID-19 in time for the Australian Open but he is unsure whether Novak Djokovic will be among them

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley expects up to 95 per cent of players will be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the time of the Grand Slam in January.

Victoria state’s strict vaccination mandate has motivated players to get their shots before Melbourne Park, where fans and staff will also be banned if unvaccinated.

“Today more than 85 per cent are (vaccinated),” Tiley said of professional players on local radio station SEN on Thursday.

“And we take a lot of credit for that because we put a vaccination requirement on it.

“We think by the time we get to January it will be between 90-95 per cent vaccinated because if you’re not, you cannot play.”

Djokovic will want to pass Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam stakes

World No 1 Novak Djokovic has declined to disclose his vaccination status, saying it is a matter of personal choice, and was non-committal about defending his Australian Open title in Melbourne when asked about it at the ATP Finals.

“Novak has won nine Australian Opens, I’m sure he wants to get to 10,” said Tiley. “He’s on 20 Grand Slam titles as is Rafa Nadal, who is coming, and Roger Federer.

“One of them is going to surpass the other and I don’t think Novak would want to leave that to someone else.”

Sydney to host ATP Cup as part of bumper warm-up schedule

Britain’s Dan Evans will hope for more success in Australia after winning the Murray River Open in Melbourne back in February

Sydney will host the ATP Cup from January 1-9 as part of a bumper schedule of warm-up tournaments ahead of the Australian Open.

Governing body Tennis Australia (TA) also confirmed Melbourne would host Australian Open qualifying from January 10-14 after 2021 qualifying was played abroad due to COVID-19.

A record 17 tournaments are expected be staged in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia states in the lead up to the first Grand Slam of the year.

After the ATP Cup, Australia’s largest city will host the one-off Sydney Tennis Classic, featuring a WTA 500 event and an ATP 250 tournament.

Adelaide will host four men’s and women’s tournaments back-to-back from January 2-15 while Melbourne Park, the Australian Open venue, will stage another three tournaments from January 3-9.

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‘The people are more open!’ London couple on their move to Yorkshire – ‘fell in love’

THOUSANDS of Londoners left the capital in the months following the beginning of the pandemic. Whether it was to have more space or to try out a new lifestyle, many settled in the UK’s more rural areas. But, a few months on, how do those who moved feel about their new homes?

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