At that point, a few days after preparing himself for this tournament, Roger Federer declared on Monday that he would not play in Australia after all, as he works his way back from his knee's medical procedures.
The Australian Open is usually staged in the last two weeks of January, but has been pushed back to February 8-21 because of travel and other restrictions in place for the COVID-19 pandemic.
"But they wouldn't have any interest in doing it because there's no benefit to them to put their whole community at risk".
'They would have to stay 14 days in the room.
Speaking to the Brazilian website Band Sports, former pro and now Head of Player Liaison for Tennis Australia, Andre Sa, revealed he had spoken to Federer on the phone about his participation in Melbourne.
Former world No. 1 Federer has not played a tournament since losing to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the Australian Open previous year.
"These two tournaments are a real coup for South Australia", South Australian Premier Stuart Marshall said. Mirka did not approve of the idea.
Mirka Federer, wife of Roger Federer with their children nine-year-old twin girls Charlene and Myla and five-year-old boys Lenny and Leo.
But this wasn't part of the equation at Federer's age. "Only there would be at least five weeks away from family and children", Sa said. And then he said, 'Dude, 39, four kids, 20 grand slams. "I am no longer in a time to be away from my family for five weeks".
Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal will be among top men and women players heading to Adelaide to serve their 14-day mandatory quarantine before travelling to Melbourne for next month's Australian Open, organisers have said.
A dozen countries, including Australia, who will be spearheaded by Alex de Minaur, will compete in the men's team tournament from February 1-5.
The inaugural event a year ago featured 24 teams and was played in three Australian cities, with Djokovic's Serbia team beating Nadal and Spain in the final at Sydney's Ken Rosewall Arena.