Dubai: The Dubai Obligation Free Tennis Championships (DDFTC) is almost certainly be postponed no less than by a few weeks and head into March as a substitute of its authentic post-Australian Open dates.
The ATP introduced late on Wednesday that they’ve carried out an replace to the 2021 ATP Tour calendar, outlining a revised schedule for the primary seven weeks of the season as tennis continues to navigate its return.
Confirmed particulars of weeks Eight to 13 might be introduced individually, whereas all subsequent sections of the 2021 calendar, starting with the spring clay-court season from week 14, stay unchanged right now as all tournaments are deliberate to happen as initially scheduled.
As per the preliminary calendar the two-week DDFTC was scheduled to kick off with the WTA event on February 14 and conclude with the ATP males’s remaining on February 27. The opening week of the 2021 season will kick off with the ATP 250 Delray Seashore Open alongside a brand new single-year ATP 250 licence on arduous courtroom in Antalya, Turkey.
The Australian Open males’s qualifying will happen for the primary time exterior of Melbourne from January 10-13, in Doha, and the allotted dates of January 15-31 will then permit for journey together with a 14-day quarantine interval for all gamers and assist employees to Melbourne.
The managed atmosphere quarantine interval will allow gamers to arrange forward of the inaugural 12-team ATP Cup in Melbourne from February 1-5, that might be performed alongside the relocated Adelaide Worldwide and an extra ATP 250 event from January 31 to February 6, all held in Melbourne itself.
The season-opening Australian Open will then observe from February 8-21 following which the ATP is predicted to resolve on the location of tournaments on the tour in coordination with the WTA.
Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman, defined the pondering behind the adjustments made to the schedule. “The reconfigured calendar for the beginning of the 2021 season represents an enormous collaborative effort throughout tennis, underneath difficult circumstances. Along with the assist of our event and participant members, companions, and Tennis Australia, we have now been capable of adapt and create an thrilling begin to the season,” he mentioned.
“Well being and security will proceed to be paramount as we navigate the challenges forward, and I need to thank everybody concerned for his or her dedication to discovering options to launch our 2021 season.”
A few of the ATP 250 occasions confirmed as not happening in 2021 as a result of pandemic embody the ASB Traditional in Auckland, New Zealand and the New York Open, whereas the Tata Maharashtra Open in Pune might be unable to stage in its scheduled date in February.
Within the meantime, the ATP has promised to proceed to evaluate alternatives for extra single-year licenses to be scheduled within the first quarter of 2021 and can talk any additions as soon as confirmed.
In the meantime, the ATP has additionally issued a five-week schedule for the launch of the 2021 Challenger Tour. Resuming on January 18, a complete of ten tournaments in 4 international locations will spotlight the primary part of the brand new season. The Challenger season will get underneath manner with a Challenger 125 occasion within the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul, as town celebrates its 31st consecutive yr on the Challenger Tour.
Turkey will host three consecutive tournaments to open the season, because the tour swings from the arduous courts of Istanbul to the clay of the seaside city of Antalya. The week of January 25 will function the primary of back-to-back Challenger occasions in Antalya, together with an indoor hard-court cease in Quimper, France.