Due to the strict quarantine imposed on players in Australia, the ATP Cup and the two ATP tournaments leading up to the Australian Open have been postponed by 24 hours.
Australia hosts the first two big tennis events of the year 2021. The ATP Cup, which is to be held from February 1 to 5, then the Australian Open from February 8 to 21. However, the program has changed somewhat due to the strict quarantine imposed on players who have been on planes in which at least one person has tested positive for coronavirus. While those affected cannot train properly due to this period of isolation, a gesture of favor has been made to them regarding the schedule.
As the organizers of the Australian Open announced this Sunday via a press release, the next edition of the ATP Cup, in which France will face Italy and Austria in the group stage, has been postponed by 24 hours. Thus, it will begin on February 2, instead of 1, and will end on February 6, instead of 5. A decision taken to allow confined players to have “a little more time to prepare”, said Craig Tiley, boss of Tennis Australia. “It is a particularly difficult time for the athletes who are in quarantine and we, along with the WTA and ATP, are doing everything we can to help them,” added the one who is also the director of the Open. from Australia.
Like this arrangement of the calendar, the two ATP 250 tournaments which precede the Australian Open are also shifted by one day. For example, the Great Ocean Road Open and the Murray River Open, which will both take place at Melbourne Park, will be held from February 1-7. Players confined to their hotel rooms will appreciate the gesture, they who are still waiting to be able to hit the ball to prepare for the Australian Open in the best possible way, on the courts.
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