The Australian Open, the First Grand Slam of 2021, finally is scheduled for February 8th, 2021. This news comes after months of speculations over the First Grand Slam. The Australian Open was originally slated to start from January 18th, but due to the worldwide pandemic and the ongoing issues with the government for health and security issues, the final date for the opening kept hanging.
On Saturday, the organizers have confirmed the dates for the First Grand Slam of 2021 and it kicks starts from February 8th.
The tournament director, Craig Tiley said, “This will be a historic Australian Open on so many levels. For the first time in more than 100 years, the Australian Open will start in February and we look forward to offering the players what we believe will be one of their best playing experiences in 2021.”
The 2021 Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tennis tournament is all set to take place at Melbourne Park from 8th-21th February 2021, three weeks later than the originally planned date.
The fixtures for the first seven weeks have been released by the ATP but the Annual ATP 250 events will not be held in Maharashtra, as scheduled. Although the tournament has been delayed for three weeks, this has given the players the time to undergo quarantine once they arrive in Melbourne, and prepare for the two ATP 250 events and the ATP Cup upcoming events.
The qualifiers for the Australian Open 2021 will be held in Doha from January 10th to 13th before they leave for Melbourne.
“Australian Open men’s qualifying will take place from 10-13 January in Doha, and the allocated dates of 15-31 January will then allow for travel and a 14-day quarantine period for all players and support staff travelling to Melbourne, in accordance with requirements of Australian public health and immigration authorities. The controlled environment quarantine period will enable players to prepare ahead of a 12-team ATP Cup in Melbourne, played alongside the relocated Adelaide International, as well as an additional ATP 250 tournament, all held in Melbourne,” the ATP said.
While Novak Djokovic and Sofia Kenin will be trying to defend their champion’s title in Melbourne, the Swiss star, Roger Federer is also geared after recovering from the knee issues. With the controlled COVID-19 situation, Australian Open authorities are hoping for more crowd than the normal 25 to 30 percent that was regulated.