Posted on November 27, 2020 at 10:34 a.m.
According to the newest data from Melbourne newspaper The Age, the Australian Open has a very good likelihood of beginning on February 1, so two weeks late. The ATP Cup, new for 2020, mustn’t happen in 2021.
ATP should unveil the first half of the 2021 season calendar in early December, and the best vagueness nonetheless reigns, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Even if Australia, which historically hosts the greatest gamers in the world in January, has succeeded in stemming the epidemic (13 optimistic circumstances and 0 deaths throughout the day of Thursday), the nation doesn’t wish to take any danger and quarantine two weeks is due to this fact required for anybody wishing to journey to the nation. That is why, in accordance with The Age, the Melbourne day by day, the place the Australian Open takes place, the first Grand Slam match of the 12 months now has a very good likelihood of beginning two weeks late, on February 1. The ATP has reportedly knowledgeable the gamers that they might arrive in Australia on January 8 to start their quarantine, however really useful that they don’t ebook their flight but, as there are nonetheless many uncertainties. Also in accordance with the day by day, the ATP Cup, this competitors between nations which made its debut on the calendar in 2020, wouldn’t happen in 2021. The gamers would due to this fact have a match to organize (Adelaide for males, Adelaide or Brisbane for girls, in accordance with the 2020 calendar), earlier than taking part in the Australian Open. The qualifying match might nonetheless be canceled, as was the case throughout the final US Open.
Players ought to be capable to practice in quarantine
Still in accordance with the day by day, an issue is about to be resolved: that of coaching throughout quarantine. The Australian Tennis Federation and the state of Victoria (the place Melbourne is positioned) are anticipated to achieve an settlement to permit gamers to coach. It appears certainly unimaginable to play a match after which a Grand Slam having stayed in your resort room for 2 weeks, with out having touched a single tennis ball. All this must be formalized over the subsequent few days. It stays to be seen what’s going to occur to the tournaments that usually happen in the first half of February (Montpellier, Pune, Cordoba, Rotterdam, Buenos Aires and Long Island for males, Saint Petersburg and Hua Hin for girls, if we rely on the 2020 calendar) and which, in 2021, will probably get replaced by the Australian Open.