The WTA is exploring options to start the season outside of Australia in early January. Women’s circuit tour chief Steve Simon informed Reuters news agency. The start of the new tennis season is highly uncertain due to the mandatory quarantine in Australia.
The new year of tennis is set to begin on January 4 and the Australian Open on January 18. However, it looks like the January schedule is being changed. The Australian Open can also be played later. In a letter from tournament director Craig Tiley to tennis players, it appears the goal is to start on February 8.
“We expect the Australian Open to continue. But the tournament will come with a quarantine period and that will create challenges for January. We are busy and hope to find a solution next weekend,” Simon said. This year, the season started with tournaments in Brisbane (Australia), Shenzhen (China) and Auckland (New Zealand).
The WTA’s schedule was already very clear this fall due to the pandemic. The WTA Finals year-end tournament did not take place. For men, the final of the year-end ATP tournament has taken place. ATP has yet to say what the start of the season will look like.
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