The Australian Open is about to start Feb. eight, three weeks later than deliberate, as a part of a pandemic-altered 2021 tennis calendar launched by the lads’s skilled tour Wednesday.
The ATP stated that males’s qualifying for the season’s first Grand Slam match is being moved to Doha, Qatar, from Jan. 10-13.
That shall be adopted by a interval of about 2 half weeks put aside for journey to Melbourne and a 14-day quarantine interval for gamers and their coaches or different assist employees.
A 12-team ATP Cup, the relocated Adelaide Worldwide and a further males’s match shall be held in Melbourne to present gamers an opportunity to arrange for the hard-court Australian Open.
The ATP stated the season will begin with a match starting within the first week of January in Delray Seashore, Florida. That occasion was contested in February this yr, shortly earlier than the coronavirus pandemic took maintain. There additionally shall be an early January match in Antalya, Turkey.
Extra 2021 calendar plans for later weeks shall be introduced individually, the ATP stated.
Different tournaments that won’t happen subsequent yr embrace the New York Open and an occasion in Auckland, New Zealand. The ATP is in search of new dates for the Rio Open, which was supposed to start Feb. 17 however now conflicts with the two-week Australian Open major draw.
As with different sports activities, tennis was disrupted this yr due to the COVID-19 outbreak, together with a number of months with no competitors, the postponement of the French Open’s begin from Might to September, and the cancellation of Wimbledon for the primary time since World Struggle II.