Tennis orgy since Sunday in Australia, with at least three ladies’s tournaments and three males’s occasions scheduled in the Melbourne well being bubble over the subsequent eight days. Appetizers earlier than the Australian Open from February 8 to 21. Focus.
And it is lastly gone! After 14 obligatory days of quarantine, controversies and eight constructive circumstances detected with Covid-19, the gamers are again on the courts to launch the season of the fundamental circuit. With the happiness of evolving in entrance of the public. A luxurious in the midst of the Covid-19 well being disaster. The tables for the two males’s tournaments have been enlarged to permit everybody to play earlier than the first Grand Slam of the yr, beginning on February 8. The similar goes for the gamers. The program is dense and plentiful. The gamers shall be divided into three WTA 500 tournaments and the gamers into two ATP 250s plus the ATP Cup which can convey collectively the elite males. Objective: to be prepared for the first Major of the yr.
On the ladies’s circuit
Yarra Valley Classic (WTA 500)
From January 31 to February 6
54 contributors together with world primary, native, Ashleigh Barty in the highlight. After a yr with out taking part in and after taking part in an exhibition in Adelaide, the Australian is again in competitors. Sofia Kenin, world quantity 4 and winner of the 2020 Australian Open, in addition to dwelling legend Serena Williams are additionally anticipated. At Les Bleues, issues have already began badly. Fiona Ferro (forty fourth) and Kristina Mladenovic (fiftieth) fell from the start. Clara Burel is subsequently the final Frances in the operating.
Gippsland Trophy (WTA 500)
January 31 – February 6
Beautiful solid additionally starring world quantity two Simona Halep and quantity three Naomi Osaka. We haven’t seen the Romanian on the courts since her elimination in the spherical of 16 at Roland Garros. And to see the Japanese once more, now we have to return to her coronation at the US Open final September… Caroline Garcia, who gained her first spherical towards the Australian Arina Rodionova (6-3, 6-4), Alizé Cornet and Chloé Package symbolize France.
Grampians Trophy (WTA 500)
The 28 contributors on this event, out of the floor at the final second, have in frequent to have undergone a strict quarantine. There are main gamers like Bianca Andreescu, who hasn’t performed a match since… October 2019. Former Grand Slam winners like Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber are additionally in the operating.
On the males’s circuit
Murray River Open (ATP 250)
February 1 to 7
56 gamers scrapped at the Murray River Open. Three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka, who had Covid-19 at the finish of December, is the first seed. But all eyes are on Nick Kyrgios, the Australian enfant horrible, again in the sport after a yr of absence. The French are in quantity. Corentin Moutet was opposed final night time to the American Frances Tiafoe. Richard Gasquet, seed 14, confronted American, Mackenzie McDonald, 194e international. Adrian Mannarino, seeded n ° 10, discovered the Swede Mikael Ymer. Jérémy Chardy, the veteran Marin Cilic. Ugo Humbert, Gilles Simon, Quentin Halys and Alexandre Muller will enter the operating on Tuesday.
Great Ocean Road Open (ATP 250)
February 1 to 7
A single tricolor engaged Pierre-Hugues Herbert. David Goffin, Karen Khachanov and even Jannik Sinner current themselves as the fundamental points of interest of an occasion which brings collectively gamers who haven’t been ready to play the ATP Cup which begins on Tuesday and which celebrates its second version.
The competitors brings collectively solely twelve groups this yr, in contrast to 24 in 2020 for the first version, primarily based on the world rating of the finest participant from every nation. They are divided into 4 teams of three and the first from every pool will advance to the semi-finals. Each confrontation between nations is damaged down into two singles matches and a double. France is represented by the similar gamers as in 2020, the place it was eradicated from the group stage, with Gaël Monfils and Benoît Paire, accompanied by the pair Nicolas Mahut – Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Djokovic and Nadal are anticipated. And since nothing is regular in instances of Covid-19, Nadal, opposite to his habits, will thus play a event the week earlier than a Grand Slam: “It is clear that this is all new, and a little strange “. Now it is time to play.