ATP has issued a press released announcing an update to the 2021 ATP Tour Calendar with a revised schedule for the first 7 weeks of the year.
The following weeks of the 2021 ATP Tour Calendar will be announced separately, but the clay-court season starting from week 14 is supposed to remain unchanged until further notice.
The season will start with two events, the ATP 250 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com and an ATP 250 in Antalya, Turkey.
Australian Open qualifying will take place from 10-13th January in Doha (!). 15-31st January is allocated for travel and a 14-day quarantine period for all players and support staff travelling to Melbourne in accordance with the Australian public health and immigration authorities. The quarantine period will be spent inside what they call a “controlled environment” (usually called “bubble”) where players will be able to practice and prepare for the ATP Cup in Melbourne, the Adelaide International as well as an additional ATP 250 tournament in Melbourne.
The Australian Open is scheduled to be played form the 8th to the 21st February.
2021 ATP Tour Calendar Changes
ATP 250 events confirmed as not taking place in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic include the ASB Classic (Auckland) New York Open, Tata Maharashtra Open (Pune), The Rio Open (possibly held at alternative dates).
Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman: “The reconfigured calendar for the start of the 2021 season represents a huge collaborative effort across tennis, under challenging circumstances. Together with the support of our tournament and player members, partners, and Tennis Australia, we have been able to adapt and create an exciting start to the season. Health and safety will continue to be paramount as we navigate the challenges ahead, and I want to thank everyone involved for their commitment to finding solutions to launch our 2021 season.”
The ATP Challenger Tour season will begin the week of January 18, following the completion of Australian Open qualifying.