Australian Open Qualifiers Bound For Melbourne

Bernard Tomic (photo: Samer Alrejjal)

Australian Open Press Release, January 14, 2021

Thirty-two players have begun their Grand Slam journey, winning their way through qualifying and preparing to compete at Australian Open 2021, which will take place at Melbourne Park from 8 to 21 February.

Sixteen women including two-time Australian Open and Roland Garros doubles champion Timea Babos (HUN), Australian Open 2012 quarterfinalist, former world No.1 doubles player and Roland Garros 2012 finalist Sara Errani (ITA), Wimbledon 2010 semifinalist and US Open 2020 quarterfinalist Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) and inspiring British star Francesca Jones will make the trip down under after qualifying in Dubai.

On the men’s side, qualifiers include 17-year-old ATP Newcomer of the Year Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) and former world No.12 Viktor Troicki (SRB). American Michael MmohElias Ymer (SWE) and Australia’s Bernard Tomic (Qld) have also earned their AO main draw spots after qualifying in Doha.

Hosting Australian Open qualifying offshore – with the women in Dubai and the men in Doha – was an historic first for the tournament and an innovative solution to some of the logistical challenges presented by the pandemic.

“We appreciate the assistance of our friends and colleagues in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar for hosting Australian Open 2021 qualifying due to the current travel restrictions into Australia,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.

“From the beginning of our AO planning we were determined to run qualifying and provide competition and earning opportunities for the players. It’s very rewarding to see 32 of them progress and start their Grand Slam journey. I look forward to seeing them all in Melbourne for the Australian Open.”

A further six women and six men will travel to Australia as lucky losers and undertake 14 days of mandatory quarantine with the rest of the international players.

Strict COVIDSafe protocols are in place for the Australian Open as follows:

  • All players must return a negative test prior to boarding their flight to Australia
  • 15 flights, none at more than 25 per cent capacity, will bring players into Australia in a 36-hour period from Thursday 14 January
  • Everyone will be tested on arrival and isolated until results are received
  • Once a negative result has been returned, players can train within a highly controlled and strictly supervised environment for five-hours per day
  • Players and their teams will be tested every day during quarantine

The Australian Open draw will be conducted on Thursday 4 February.




Timea Babos (HUN)

Carlos Alcaraz (ESP)

Clara Burel (FRA)

Kimmer Coppejans (BEL)

Elisabetta Cocciaretto (ITA)

Maxime Cressy (USA)

Olga Danilovic (SRB)

Frederico Ferreira Silva (POR)

Sara Errani (ITA)

Quentin Halys (FRA)

Mayo Hibi (JPN)

Aslan Karatsev (RUS)

Francesca Jones (GBR)

Henri Laaksonen (SUI)

Kaja Juvan (SLO)

Tomas Machac (CZE)

Rebecca Marino (CAN)

Michael Mmoh (USA)

Greet Minnen (BEL)

Roman Safiullin (RUS)

Whitney Osuigwe (USA)

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)

Chloe Paquet (FRA)

Bernard Tomic (AUS)

Liudmila Samsonova (RUS)

Viktor Troicki (SRB)

Valeria Savinykh (RUS)

Botic Van de Zandschulp (NED)

Mayar Sherif (EGY)

Mario Vilella Martinez (ESP)

Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL)

Elias Ymer (SWE)

See the completed draws and final results here: