Australian Open confirms February dates
Nine event is now officially into 2021 survey.
Tennis Australia has finally confirmed the Australian Open 2021 will take place from 8 to 21 February, officially pushing the event into ratings survey (Feb. 7).
“This will be an historic Australian Open on Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.
“For the first time in more than 100 years the Australian Open will start in February and we look forward to offering the players what we believe will be one of their best playing experiences in 2021.
“From the outset, ensuring players have the best possible preparation for the Australian Open, while at all times protecting the precious COVID-free environment that the Victorian community has built through incredible sacrifice and hard work over the past six months, has been paramount.
“It has taken eight months of working alongside government authorities, here in Victoria, nationally and interstate, to give us the opportunity to present an Australian Open that will play a major role in both the economic and psychological reinvigoration and rejuvenation of Melbourne and Victoria.”
Australian Open 2021 will feature singles, doubles and wheelchair competitions. AO qualifying will be held offshore, with the women’s event taking place in Dubai, and men’s qualifying in Doha from 10-13 January.
The world’s top players will arrive in Australia from 15 January and undertake mandatory quarantine for 14 days.
The later start date will push back the Married at First Sight season but Nine has filmed two MAFS specials with former cast for Sunday January 31 and February 7.
Seven is expected to screen Holey Moley against the AO while 10 is tipped for The Amazing Race Australia -both produced by Eureka Australia.
In addition to changes to the AO, Nine has also lost another “Summer of Tennis” event, the Adelaide International.