Mon, 01 Mar 2021

WTA adds additional event before Australian Open

Field Level Media
25 Jan 2021, 07:40 GMT+10

WTA players now will have even more to do while in a 14-day quarantine in advance of the Australian Open next month, with the tour adding an additional women's event in advance of the first Grand Slam event of 2021.

The WTA created the Grampians Trophy to take place Feb. 3-7 at Melbourne and consist of a 28-player main draw.

A total of 72 players are in quarantine after three chartered flights of players turned up positive COVID-19 cases. The chartered flights were arranged by the Australian Open.

A pair of events already had been added to the WTA calendar in advance of the Australian Open from Feb. 8-21.

The WTA scheduled dueling events: the Gippsland Trophy and the Yarra Valley Classic both from Jan. 31-Feb. 6. Those events not only will have a 54-player main draw each, but they also will have 28 doubles teams each.

The ATP already had three events scheduled leading into the Australian Open. The start of the men's Murray River Open and the Great Ocean Road Open both will be moved back a day and be contested from Feb. 1-7. The 12-team ATP Cup will take place Feb. 2-6.

"This revised schedule comprised of three WTA 500 events in the week leading into the upcoming Australian Open will allow for our athletes coming out of the respected quarantine period to properly focus on their preparation in a return to competition," WTA CEO Steve Simon said.

The 2021 Australian Open originally was scheduled for Jan. 18-31 but was postponed because of COVID-19 concerns.

All lead-in events for both tours, as well as the Australian Open, will be played at Melbourne Park.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic is the defending men's Australian Open champion, while American Sofia Kenin won the women's title last year.

--Field Level Media

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