Tennis Australian Open begin on February eighth – ATP

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Australian Open starts on February 8, three weeks later than planned. The ATP Tour released an update to their calendar for 2021, revising the first seven weeks of the season.

The start date for the main draw for the first Grand Slam of the year was originally scheduled for January 18, and Tennis Australia organizers have had lengthy negotiations with the local government on COVID-19 health measures.

Tennis Australia was not immediately available for comment.

The ATP publication said the men’s qualification for the Australian Open would take place in Doha from January 10-13, before the players moved to Melbourne for quarantine.

The ATP tournament, due to be held in Adelaide, has been moved to Melbourne to be played in the city with another men’s tournament in the week beginning January 31.

A shortened version of the ATP Cup men’s team tournament will take place in Melbourne from February 1st to 5th, before the Grand Slam begins on the following Monday.

The ATP season kicks off with tournaments in Delray Beach, Florida and Antalya, Turkey, before preparations for Melbourne Park begin.

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