Dec, 17th 2020 – The Australian Open will start on February the 8th next year after being pushed back three weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. The first Grand Slam of the 2021 season was scheduled to take place in Melbourne from 18th to 31st January.
The four-day men’s qualifying event has been moved to Doha, Qatar and will start on the 10th of January. Players will arrive in Melbourne on 15 January for a 14-day quarantine period under local coronavirus rules. Strict hygiene measures will be put in place as well as regular testing for COVID-19 in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.
The ATP Cup is also to be staged in Melbourne from the first of February to the fifth before the Australian Open is planned to get underway. The chairman of the ATP, Andrea Gaundenzi said, “The reconfigured calendar for the start of the 2021 season represents a huge collaborative effort across tennis, under challenging circumstances. Together with the support of our tournament and player members, partners, and Tennis Australia, we have been able to adapt and create an exciting start to the season.”
He added, “Health and safety will continue to be paramount as we navigate the challenges ahead, and I want to thank everyone involved for their commitment to finding solutions to launch our 2021 season.”
The ATP confirmed that the spring clay court season remains unchanged. Details of weeks eight to 13 will be announced separately.
Novak Djokovic is the reigning men’s Australian Open champion.