MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Australian Open will begin on Feb. 8, three weeks later than scheduled, the ATP Tour stated in releasing an replace of its calendar for 2021 revising the primary seven weeks of the season.
The beginning date of the primary draw of the yr’s first Grand Slam was initially slated for Jan. 18 and organisers Tennis Australia have been in drawn-out negotiations with native authorities over COVID-19 well being measures.
Tennis Australia was not instantly obtainable for remark.
The ATP launch stated males’s qualifying for the Australian Open would happen in Doha from Jan. 10-13 earlier than gamers relocated to Melbourne to enter quarantine.
The ATP match scheduled to happen in Adelaide has been moved to Melbourne to be performed within the week commencing Jan. 31 alongisde one other males’s match within the metropolis.
A shortened model of the ATP Cup males’s group match will happen in Melbourne from Feb. 1-5 earlier than the Grand Slam begins on the next Monday.
The ATP season will open with tournaments in Delray Seashore, Florida and Antalya in Turkey earlier than preparations for Melbourne Park start.
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