First two months of the year set out reflects ongoing pandemic
WTA still to release their calendar
WORLDWIDE – The ATP has released a revised schedule for the first seven weeks of the year, as tennis continues amidst the effects of the pandemic.
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ATP Tour Revised Schedule
The ATP is the first of the tours to put out its revised schedule for the 2021 calendar, as the sport continues to work around the continuing effects of the global pandemic.
Weeks 8-13 will be announced later, and subsequent sections beginning with the Spring clay-court season from week 14 are expected to remain unchanged at this time, with all tournaments planned to take place as originally scheduled.
What are the tournaments?
Delray Beach Open by Vitacost.com
Australian Open Qualifying
31 January – 6 February
Melbourne 1 (Adelaide Relocation)
31 January – 6 February
What has changed?
The first tournament of the year will be the Delray Beach Open, followed by a new single year licence on hard-court in Antalya, Turkey.
Australian Open changes
Australian Open men’s qualifying will take place from 10-13 January in Doha, and the allocated dates of 15-31 January will then allow for travel and a 14-day quarantine period for all players and support staff travelling to Melbourne, in accordance with requirements of Australian public health and immigration authorities.
The controlled environment quarantine period will enable players to prepare ahead of a 12-team ATP Cup in Melbourne, played alongside the relocated Adelaide International, as well as an additional ATP 250 tournament, all held in Melbourne.
The Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season, will follow from 8-21 February.
What tournaments have gone for 2021?
As expected, with the news of the shift of dates for the Australian Open and around quarantine regulations in different countries, some tournaments have fallen off the start of the 2021 calendar.
ATP 250 events confirmed as not taking place in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic include the ASB Classic (Auckland) and the New York Open, while the Tata Maharashtra Open (Pune) is unable to stage in its scheduled February week.
The Rio Open presented by Claro, an ATP 500 event, will not take place as originally scheduled, and alternative dates in the calendar will be assessed for it to potentially take place later in the year.
Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman, said, in at ATP Tour Press Release: “The reconfigured calendar for the start of the 2021 season represents a huge collaborative effort across tennis, under challenging circumstances. Together with the support of our tournament and player members, partners, and Tennis Australia, we have been able to adapt and create an exciting start to the season. Health and safety will continue to be paramount as we navigate the challenges ahead, and I want to thank everyone involved for their commitment to finding solutions to launch our 2021 season.”
The ATP will continue to assess opportunities for additional single-year licenses to be scheduled in the first quarter of 2021 and will communicate any additions once confirmed.
The ATP Challenger Tour season will begin the week of January 18, following the completion of Australian Open qualifying.
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