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ATP announces 2021 schedule with Australian Open to start on 8 February

  • Warmup tournaments slated for Melbourne
  • Tennis Australia yet to confirm Open’s revised start date

Men’s tennis’s governing body has announced the Australian Open will start on 8 February, three weeks later than planned. Tennis Australia and the Victorian and Australian governments are yet to confirm, but the ATP on Thursday revealed its revised 2021 calendar with the Melbourne Park grand slam front and centre of pandemic-forced shake-up.

The ATP said men’s qualifying for the season’s first major was being moved to Doha, Qatar, from 10 to 13 January. That will be followed by a period of about two and a half weeks set aside for travel to Melbourne and a 14-day quarantine period for players and their coaches or other support staff.

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