Due to the coronavirus, the men’s Australian Open tournament will be postponed for three weeks and will take place from 8 to 21 February, the ATP reported. “as tennis continues to navigate its return during the Covid 19 pandemic.”as tennis continues to navigate its return during the Covid 19 pandemic.
Qualifying for the year’s first Grand Slam tournament was moved to Doha, Qatar, from Jan. 10-13 to allow time to arrive and undergo a 14-day quarantine for all players and support staff traveling to Melbourne, the ATP said in its statement. The ATP today announced an update to the 2021 ATP Tour calendar, which includes a revised schedule for the first seven weeks of the season. — ATP Tour (@atptour) December 17, 2020 Due to the pandemic, Auckland’s ASB Classic and the New York Open will not take place, while the ATP said it was trying to secure new dates for the Rio Open, which was expected to launch on Feb. 17 but is now in conflict with the Australian Open. The organizer of the Australian Open said on Dec. 1 that it was optimistic that the 2021 tournament would soon be finalized. The Grand Slam was expected to begin January 18, but the country’s strict quarantine laws left Tennis Australia mired in talks with the Victorian government to try to find workable arrangements. It is unknown if the draw would start as scheduled for the women’s and wheelchair sides. After qualifying for Melbourne, the ATP Challenger Tour season will begin January 18.