There has been another update to the ATP 2021 Calendar (and it won’t be the last). Indian Wells won’t take place in March, but hopefully later…
Indian Wells is by many called the fifth slam and it was the first tournament to be canceled due to the emerging Covid situation in March earlier this year. Here we are in December 2020 and they have already announced that Indian Wells won’t be played in March. There are discussions to move it to later in the calendar, but nothing is set yet. Miami Open on the other hand is set to be played in its usual place in the calendar, perhaps a sign of how different the US states are tackling the Coronavirus.
The first tournaments of the year
The season starts with the Delray Beach Open and Antalya Open on the 5th of January (next week!). Andy Murray has accepted a wild card and is playing alongside top seeds Kei Nishikori (who is back from a long injury break), Milos Raonic, Reilly Opelka, Christian Garin, John Isner, Hubert Hurkasz, Adrian Mannarino, and Frances Tiafoe.
The Antalya field is lead by Matteo Berrettini, David Goffin, Fabio Fognini, Alex De Minaur, Borna Coric, Benoit Paire, Jan-Lennard Struff and Jannik Sinner.
It’s always fascinating to see who starts the season in style.
During Delray Beach and Antalya, many players head to Doha for Australian Open qualifying. Then the tour takes a slightly strange two-week break before two ATP 250 tournaments start – Melbourne 1 and 2. These are “warm-up” events before the Australian Open and will coincide with the second year of the team tournament the ATP Cup.
The ATP 2021 Calendar is definitely far from what we are used to, but at least we can look forward to some exciting tennis already in week one.
Results and predictions to come here on Tennisnerd. Who do you think will start the 2021 season well?