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Events Down Under

With the Australian Open set to get underway on 8 February, Tennis Australia has announced its blockbuster ‘summer of tennis’ calendar to kick off 2021.

It’s been an incredibly difficult year for everyone and the players have had limited opportunity to compete throughout 2020. These additional events will be vital to their Australian Open preparation. Craig Tiley, Australian Open Tournament Director

Melbourne Park will host the ATP Cup, 2 WTA 500 events and 2 ATP 250 tournaments in a blockbuster lead-up into the 2021 Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year, which has been pushed back to February as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“During our many months of planning for the Australian Open it’s been a priority to provide as many competition opportunities for the playing group as possible,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.

“It’s been an incredibly difficult year for everyone and the players have had limited opportunity to compete throughout 2020.

“These additional events will be vital to their Australian Open preparation.”

Melbourne Park will play host to 6 tournaments in addition to the Australian Open this year

Courtesy of Australian Open

Another WTA 250 event will take place at Melbourne Park during week two of the AO, commencing on Saturday 13 February.

International wheelchair tennis players will prepare for the AO at the Victorian Wheelchair Tennis Open and Melbourne Wheelchair Tennis Open from 3 February at the Hume Tennis Centre in Hume.

Traralgon will host two ITF World Tennis Tour Junior events – Grade 4 and Grade 5 – from Monday for Australian junior players.

“We have worked closely with the Tours and our partners to deliver a safe summer for everyone, the players, fans and our staff, and we look forward to bringing great tennis and entertainment back to Melbourne and Victoria,” Tiley continued.

Australia’s Summer Calender

10-13 January

  • AO Men’s Qualifying, Doha
  • Women’s Qualifying, Dubai

31 January – 6 February

  • 2 x WTA and 2 x ATP 250 Tournaments, 64-player singles and 32 doubles draws, Melbourne Park

1-5 February

  • ATP Cup, 12-country teams in 4 groups, Melbourne Park

8-21 February

  • Australian Open, Melbourne Park

13-19 February

  • 1 x WTA 250 Tournament, 64-player singles and 32-player doubles draw, Melbourne Park

To ensure the safety of all patrons on site, the Melbourne Park precinct will be split into three zones with a corresponding ticket.

Further details on each tournament, the player fields and tickets will be released soon by Tennis Australia.

Fans can watch the 2021 Australian Open live on Eurosport, and the Eurosport app, and the other events on Amazon Prime Video.




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