ATP tweaks 2021 calendar with one US event axed, adding tournaments in Singapore, Marbella

Clay court tournament in Houston, Texas, usually scheduled in April, won't take place in 2021.

Agence France-Presse January 21, 2021 10:01:45 IST
ATP tweaks 2021 calendar with one US event axed, adding tournaments in Singapore, Marbella

The stands around the Central Court of the Foro Italico are empty during a match between Novak Djokovic and Salvatore Caruso on Wednesday. AP Photo

The ATP men's tennis tour announced adjustments to its 2021 calendar on Wednesday, axing one US event and adding tournaments in Singapore and Marbella.

The tour said in a statement posted on its website that it was making the changes as well as undertaking other measures to create increased playing opportunities "in the face of scheduling challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic."

Two new ATP 250 events have been granted single-year licenses for 2021, in Singapore and Marbella, Spain.

The Singapore event will be held at the OCBC Arena 22-28 February, after the conclusion of the upcoming Australian Open.

The Marbella tournament will follow the Miami Open in April.

Other measures to increase playing opportunities include an expanded draw size at several tournaments, including at Dubai in March and at the Cordoba Open in February and the Argentina Open in March.

The Hungarian Open, a clay court tournament usually held in Budapest in April, will be relocated in 2021 to Belgrade.

But the clay court tournament in Houston, Texas, usually scheduled in April, won't take place in 2021.

"All other tournaments on the original 2021 calendar remain unchanged at this time and are planned to take place as scheduled," the ATP said.

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