The Australian Open will not be moved, says its tournament director ©Getty Images

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has rejected proposals to move the Grand Slam to another part of the season calling it a "ridiculous, bizarre claim" over calendar and heat concerns.

Tiley was critical of a recent News Corp report that called for the rescheduling of the tournament, but he did admit the season was too long.

"I did read that [News Corp report], I thought it was absolutely ridiculous, a bizarre claim," Tiley said, according to ABC.

"You talk to every player, this is the season. 

"It starts in January, it starts here in Australia.

"It finishes with Davis Cup late on the men's side and not as late on the women's side but I do think it's a long season. 

"We've been talking about that for a long time, but Australia is the summer, Australia is January and this event is - from the players' perspective - one of their favourite places to play.

"They're coming here earlier, we're now seeing players here for six weeks, for seven weeks and the preparation for the Australian summer is very normalised. 

"They know what they need to do."

The Australian Open has an extreme heat policy for particularly hot days ©Getty Images
The Australian Open has an extreme heat policy for particularly hot days ©Getty Images

The 2023 season has already started with warm-up events for the first Grand Slam of the year, scheduled to take place from January 16 to 29.

It is to conclude with the Davis Cup Finals from November 20 and the Billie Jean King Cup from November 6.

In 2020, climate group Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub suggested the Australian Open be moved to March or November to deal with the extreme heat in the Melbourne summer in January.

The Australian Open organisers implemented a new Extreme Heat Policy in 2019, which led to outdoor-court matches being suspended and the Rod Laver Arena closing its roof for its mixed doubles semi-finals in 2020.

In 2014, ball boys, attendants and players were suffering from heat-related illnesses; which saw Canadian player Frank Dancevic hallucinate and collapse during his men's singles match, while Croatian Ivan Dodig also collapsed and was forced to retire.