The world women’s tennis body, Women Tennis Association (WTA) has made an announcement of the plan for first seven weeks of the 2021 tour calendar.
In a press release made by the WTA chair, Steve Simon,he said, though the tournament will be held amid the health turbulence aggravated by the COVID-19, they are excited to announce the first part of the 2021 tour.
He also thanked some core stakeholders and the front liners of the epidemic in helping to make this development a reality.
“We are excited to announce the first swing of tournaments representing the opening weeks of the 2021 WTA season, all of which will operate in an environment that puts health and safety at the forefront.” He said in parts
“We want to express our sincere appreciation for the cooperation between key tennis stakeholders and organizations, along with the local health authorities who have been vital in getting us to this point. The hard work will continue as we look further ahead into 2021 to ensure a safe and robust calendar.” he added in the statement.
The body has worked diligently with tournaments and players to provide as many job opportunities as possible while being mindful of increased travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine guidelines set forth by local governments.
According to the scribe of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Aref Al Awani, the 2021 WTA Tour will kick off at the Abu Dhabi WTA Women’s Tennis Open, which is meant to be a WTA five hundred level event, from January 5-13 at Zayed Sports City International Tennis .
“We are delighted to welcome to Abu Dhabi WTA’s 2021 kick-off event, the Abu Dhabi WTA Women’s Tennis Open. Abu Dhabi is a global capital of world sport and the presence of top tennis players from around the world at this time only strengthens that position and reinforces our esteemed reputation.” Al Awani said.
“The Australian Open qualifiers will take place in Dubai from January 10-13, with both events then allowing for travel to Melbourne from one of Tennis Australia’s designated charter flight hubs of Dubai (in addition to Singapore and Los Angeles).” the statement read.
“Upon conclusion of those events, players and their respective support teams will travel to Australia where they will complete the mandatory two-week quarantine. Following the quarantine period, two WTA 500 tournaments will be held concurrently in Melbourne Park from January 31 – February 7.”
The 2021 Australian Open will then take place February 8-21 inclusive of singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
A WTA 250 will be held the second week of the Australian Open, allowing athletes to remain in Melbourne, securing three weeks of competition.
“Due to travel restrictions and the mandatory quarantine, WTA 250 tournaments in Auckland and Shenzhen will not be held in 2021 but are scheduled to return to the WTA Tour calendar in 2022. The WTA continues to closely monitor the evolving status of tournaments for the remainder of 2021 with an announcement in the coming weeks surrounding a more expansive calendar.” the statement concluded