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Australian Open to start on Feb 8

  • Published at 04:09 pm December 18th, 2020

Men’s qualifying for the year’s first Grand Slam would take place in Doha from Jan. 10-13 before players relocate to Melbourne to enter quarantine for two weeks

The Australian Open will start on Feb. 8, three weeks later than scheduled, the ATP Tour said Thursday in releasing an update of its calendar for 2021 revising the first seven weeks of the season.

The start date of the main draw of the tournament was originally slated for Jan. 18 and Tennis Australia have been locked in drawn-out negotiations with local government over Covid-19 health security measures.

Organizers were still unable to confirm the start date Thursday.

This year’s Wimbledon tournament was cancelled due to the Covid -19 pandemic, while the US and French Opens went ahead with the players confined to bio-secure “bubbles”, unable to leave their hotel rooms except to train and play.

The state of Victoria Thursday recorded a 48th straight day without a case of community transmitted Covid-19 but many health restrictions remain in place in Melbourne, and international travel to Australia is still strictly limited.

The ATP said men’s qualifying for the year’s first Grand Slam would take place in Doha from Jan. 10-13 before players relocate to Melbourne to enter quarantine for two weeks.

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Players, including reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, had warned organizers against expecting competitors to go straight from quarantine into Grand Slam matches.

The ATP tournament scheduled to take place in Adelaide has been moved to Melbourne to be played in the week commencing Jan. 31 alongside another men’s warm-up tournament in the city.

A shortened version of the ATP Cup men’s team tournament, which made its debut this year in cities around Australia, will take place in Melbourne from Feb. 1-5 before the Grand Slam begins on the following Monday.

The ATP season will now open with tournaments in Delray Beach, Florida and Antalya in Turkey from Jan. 5-13 before preparations for the trip to Melbourne Park begin.

The Auckland Classic and New York Open will not take place this year, the ATP said, while the Maharashtra Open in India and Rio Open in Brazil will be rescheduled.

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