The WTA, which played just a few events post-US Open, will open in Abu Dhabi with a new 500 tier event, then three straight weeks of tennis including the Australian Open and 3 other events held at the site.
While the men’s Australian Open qualifying will take place in Doha, the women’s will be held in Dubai from January 10-13.
Four of the six events announced will be held in Melbourne. The other two in the middle east.
“We are excited to announce the first swing of tournaments representing the opening weeks of the 2021 WTA season, all of which will operate in an environment that puts health and safety at the forefront,” WTA CEO Steve Simon said in a statement. “We want to express our sincere appreciation for the cooperation between key tennis stakeholders and organizations, along with the local health authorities who have been vital in getting us to this point. The hard work will continue as we look further ahead into 2021 to ensure a safe and robust calendar.”
Both Auckland and Shenzhen, which were slated for January, have officially been canceled.
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