Testing times: Organizers say Aussie Open will start on time
Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley address the media in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Feb. 4. Six tuneup tournaments were suspended for a day so that 507 people connected with the Australian Open could be tested for the virus. The one-day shutdown was triggered — the Victoria state premier, a leading health official and Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley all said — out of “an abundance of caution." Novak Djokovic won his eighth Australian Open title in late January 2020, and Sofia Kenin won her first major. Two months later, the Formula One season had a false start when the Australian Grand Prix was called off before an official practice session could be staged.
Downtown San Antonio hotel goes from closed to largest evacuee shelter in less than a day
San Antonio It was only a matter of hours before the Grand Hyatt in downtown San Antonio switched from a closed hotel to accepting the largest number of evacuees from Hurricane Laura on Wednesday. A scramble would be an understatement, Grand Hyatt Area Vice-President and general manager Philip Stamm said of the turnaround. The Grand Hyatt suspended operations at the end of March, beginning of April amid the downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Stamm said. The city called hotel officials on Wednesday to see if the Grand Hyatt may be able to open up a little sooner. They were lodged in more than 1,800 hotel rooms in eight hotels.