The organised global body of men’s tennis, Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has confirmed the activities slated for 2021 after some delay in speculations.
In a statement made by the ATP chief, Andreas Gaudenzi, he said the novel update of the 2021 calendar signifies ‘a huge collaborative effort’ across the game ‘under challenging circumstances’. He admitted that athletes have been adapting to have an ‘exciting’ season.
“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.” Gaudenzi said in parts.
“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 chair affirmed according to UbiTennis.
Meanwhile, the Australian Open has been delayed by three weeks- supposedly starting by January 20- February 2- will commence by February the 8th after much delays and deliberations. This was due to the directive from the Australian government which requires every participant to be in quarantine for fifteen days upon arrival. The ATP is the first to make the official statement after the rearrangement of the schedule.
Under the new time-table, the male’s Grand Slam qualifiers will hold in Doha between January the 10th and 13th. Qualified athletes will be able to travel to Australia through transportation provided by the Australian Federation to start their compulsory quarantine. The women’s Grand Slam qualifying tournament will take in Dubai, UAE, despite no schedule of the Women Tennis Association (WTA) as at the time of filing this report.
However, the ATP calendar only goes up until the conclusion of the Australian Open. Details about weeks 8-13 will be revealed at another stage. At present no changes have been made to tournaments taking place from week 14 onwards but that is subject to change.