The LTA today announced its calendar of major events for 2021, with a commitment to stage as much live competitive tennis this summer as is possible, despite the limitations caused by COVID-19.
These events are planned to be held in their traditional weeks, beginning with the Nottingham Open WTA 250 on 5th June at the Nottingham Tennis Centre. The following week, beginning 12th June will see the cinch Championships ATP 500 take place at The Queen’s Club in London and the Birmingham Classic WTA 250 at the Edgbaston Priory Club along with ITF2 Wheelchair events at both venues. Finally starting on 19th June the Eastbourne International combined WTA 500 and ATP 250 at Devonshire Park. The Championships, Wimbledon, which is staged by the AELTC, is already planned to take place from 28 June to 11 July 2021. The British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships will also take place in Nottingham between 20-25th July.
Whilst it remains too early to say what level of attendance will be possible, the LTA is planning for a number of scenarios and remains cautiously optimistic that fans will be able to be present at all its summer events this year.
The LTA is working closely with the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport, The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), WTA, ATP, ITF, Sports Ground Safety Authority, other NGBs, our host venues and numerous partners and suppliers in order to develop its planning for events that provide a safe environment for players, officials, volunteers, and spectators. The national governing body’s intention is for the events to take place even if they are behind closed doors.
In order to prioritise resources and reduce the number of COVID bubbles, for players, officials and volunteers that have to be created at different venues, a number of changes have been made to the Trophy Series this summer. These have been agreed with the AELTC, ATP, WTA and ITF as the most effective way of delivering a grass court season and competitive opportunities for players, given the unique and difficult operational circumstances presented by COVID-19.
1 The Surbiton Trophy men’s and women’s events and Manchester Trophy women’s event will not take place in 2021.
2 The Nottingham Open ATP Challenger 125 event will take place from 6-13 June, whilst the Nottingham Open WTA 250 main draw singles will be increased to 48, providing 16 additional main draw playing opportunities.
3 Beginning on 13 June the men’s ATP Challenger 125 and women’s ITF W100 combined Ilkley Trophy will move from Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club to Nottingham Tennis Centre for this year. This is to ensure a bubble, including accommodation, can be maintained on a single site over a two-week period.
The LTA will keep these arrangements under review as the situation evolves both within the UK and internationally.
Given the uncertainties that remain around the level of spectator attendance further details on ticket and hospitality sales will be released closer to the time. There will also be further direct communication to all ticket holders who had their tickets rolled over from 2020 in the coming weeks.
Details of other LTA events later in the year will be released in due course.