Melbourne (AP) – The start of the Australian Open on February 8, which is three weeks late, is official. This is evident from the schedule of the ATP Tour for the first weeks of the tennis year 2021 published on Wednesday.

Qualifying for the first Grand Slam of the year has also moved to Doha and will take place from January 10-13. The reason for the postponement is the corona pandemic and the applicable regulations in Australia.

The tennis year kicks off on January 5th with two tournaments in Turkey and Florida, followed by 18 days without ATP tournaments. During this time, the tennis professionals can complete their mandatory two-week quarantine when they enter Australia. From January 31 to February 6 there are two tournaments known as Melbourne 1 and Melbourne 2 in preparation, and from February 1 to 5 the ATP Cup, a team competition with two singles and one doubles per game.

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