Familiar Cities On ATP 2021 Calendar With Unfamiliar Dates

WASHINGTON, December 30, 2020 (by Michael Dickens)

The ATP calendar for March became clearer on Tuesday. While familiar destinations like Doha and Dubai and Montpellier and Marseille remain – albeit during different weeks than usual – missing in 2021 for the second straight year will be Indian Wells. An official announcement from the ATP Tour about weeks 8-13, which include the European indoor and Latin American and Middle East swings – as well as the Masters 1000 in Miami – came within hours after several reliable sources like L’Equipe and Tennis Majors began leaking information of what the post-Australian Open portion of the 2021 men’s tennis season – from Feb. 20 through April 4 – was expected to resemble.

Finally, after the announcement came in mid-afternoon (Central European Time), here’s how the post-Australian Open calendar shaped up:

• Feb. 20-28: Cordoba (ATP 250 outdoor clay); Feb. 21-28: Montpellier (ATP 250 indoor hard court)

• Feb. 27-March 7: Rotterdam (ATP 500 indoor hard court); Buenos Aires (ATP 250 outdoor clay)

• March 6-13: Doha (ATP 250 outdoor hard court); March 6-14: Santiago (ATP 250 outdoor clay); March 7-14: Marseille (ATP 250 indoor hard court)

• March 13-20: Acapulco (ATP 500 outdoor hard court); Dubai (ATP 500 outdoor hard court)

• March 22-April 4: Miami (ATP Masters 1000 outdoor hard court)

Due to the impact of COVID-19, which has seen a spike in coronavirus cases in California resulting in stricter stay-at-home orders, the BNP Paribas Open in the California palm desert town of Indian Wells, will not be played in early March for the second straight year. It was Indian Wells that was the first major sporting event in the United States to cancel in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The cancellation sent pro tennis into a five-month lockdown until August. According to the ATP Tour press release, “alternative dates are being assessed for the tournament to potentially take place later in the year.”

For now, the rest of the 2021 calendar following Miami, starting April 5 with the European spring clay season, remains as scheduled. Stay tuned.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: Latest to withdraw from Australian Open

On Tuesday, France’s 62nd-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga announced on his social media platforms that he has withdrawn from the Australian Open. “Despite great progress in recent months, I am still not able to play in competition. In agreement with the medical team, the Australian Open is therefore compromised this year.”

With Tsonga’s withdrawal confirmed, his place in the main draw will be taken by No. 106 Andreas Seppi of Italy.

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