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ATP calendar shows Australian Open is postponed

The ATP has announced its calendar for the first seven weeks of their Tour which, as expected, confirms that the Australian Open will be delayed by three weeks.

The reconfigured calendar for the start of the 2021 season represents a huge collaborative effort across tennis, under challenging circumstances, Andrea Gaudenzi.

The original dates of the AO were January 18-31 but the first Grand Slam of the 2021 season will now run from February 8. The qualifying competition has been moved to Qatar and will be staged at Doha over four days starting on the 10th January.

Players will arrive in Melbourne on January 15 where they will be placed into a 14-day quarantine, as per the local coronavirus rules.
The men’s season will actually start on the 5th January in Delray Beach (USA) and Antalya (Turkey).

There will also be two events in Melbourne, one of which will be the relocated Adelaide International which will kick off on the 31st December.
Meanwhile the ATP Cup (which this year will be reduced to just 12-nations) will be contested between February 1-5.

“The reconfigured calendar for the start of the 2021 season represents a huge collaborative effort across tennis, under challenging circumstances,” said ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi.

“Health and safety will continue to be paramount as we navigate the challenges ahead.”






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