"From what I have heard and what I know of the latest news from Tennis Australia is that the Australian Open and the rest of the tournaments will be held in Victoria state, mostly Melbourne and around Melbourne".
Andrews noted that it was a massive logistical undertaking involving complex quarantine arrangements, saying "the notion this is all tied up with a bow, it's a done deal, that's simply wrong".
Mark Handley, who is the ATP Cup general manager and tournament director for the Brisbane International, said Tennis Australia's plan to move all the tournaments to a secure hub was created to provide some certainty for the players.
(The Australian Open) is an important event.
However, Andrews said that while there was a "preference to have it located in one place", the public health team needed to sign off on all the arrangements. "I'm not sure about the ATP Cup and the tournaments before because obviously you have to leave quite in advance, actually, I think two and a half or three weeks prior to the first match".
Tournament directors for the Brisbane, Hobart and Adelaide events said their tournaments would be played in Victoria.
Djokovic led Serbia to the title in the first edition of the 24-nation tournament this year before going on to win the Australian Open for a record-extending eighth time.
Tiley told the Herald Sun that the men's season-opening ATP Cup and other Australian Open warmups, including the Brisbane International and events in Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra, would be moved to Victoria. "I think we can have the event go ahead, but it's going to have to look different", he added.
It's a similar build-up to the 2020 US Open, which transferred the Cincinnati Masters to Flushing Meadows as a warm-up, but on a more extreme scale.
Tennis Australia's CEO, Craig Tiley, has said it is looking to bring in 2,500 people-which includes players, their teams, and other personnel. I want to play in Australia, Australian Open.
Asked about the Australian plans, top-ranked Novak Djokovic was upbeat.
"I have not noticed much of a doubt whether the tournaments will happen or not". Obviously you want things to be ideal, but what is ideal in these circumstances? "All lead-in events to the Australian Open will be held in Victoria to ensure all players can safely compete in, and prepare for, the grand slam".
Australian Open organisers are hoping the Victoria state government will allow spectators at Melbourne Park for the Open.
Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley told the Herald-Sun newspaper that organizing the tennis was different because we are bringing in a lot of global people and their entourage so weve got to ensure they stay on a very rigid, tough lockdown.
TA hope the current crowd cap of 25% at stadiums could be lifted if the favourable trend continues. "We are. investing in the event", he said.