Adelaide to host two Australian Open warm-ups

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SYDNEY, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Adelaide will host two tournaments, together with the Adelaide International, within the lead-up to the Australian Open in January subsequent yr, South Australia state Premier Steven Marshall introduced on Monday.

The Adelaide International was staged as a warm-up to the Grand Slam in 2020, however this yr all of the warm-ups for the Australian Open had been held at Melbourne Park after gamers got here out of quarantine.

The run-up to subsequent yr’s version of the Grand Slam seems like being nearer to regular.

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Marshall mentioned each tournaments would characteristic males’s and womens attracts with the primary going down Jan. 2-9 and the second the next week on the newly redeveloped Memorial Drive Tennis Centre.

“Our investment (in) the Memorial Drive Redevelopment is creating a world-class venue capable of hosting not just tennis but a range of sporting and entertainment events into the future,” he informed native media in Adelaide.

Players vaccinated towards COVID-19 shall be in a position play on the Australia Open with out present process any quarantine however organisers confirmed on Saturday that anybody will not be could be barred. learn extra

Sources on the ATP mentioned there could be 4 warm-up occasions in Australia forward of the main as well as to the $10 million ATP Cup males’s crew match, which shall be held in Sydney.

Sydney hosted the knockout rounds of the occasion in its inaugural yr in 2020 after group matches had been additionally held in Brisbane and Perth.

Some state borders that had been closed to cease the unfold of COVID-19 are opening up as vaccination charges rise however Western Australia and Queensland have retained restrictions on entry, making it unlikely that Perth and Brisbane will host any warm-up matches in January.

Tennis Australia mentioned the complete schedule of occasions working up to the Australian Open could be unveiled within the subsequent few days.

The WTA girls’s tour and the boys’s ATP tour have but to announce occasions for the 2022 season.

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Reporting by Nick Mulvenney and Sudipto Ganguly, enhancing by Sam Holmes and Edwina Gibbs

Tennis - Australian Open - Men's Singles Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 General view during the final between Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Russia's Daniil Medvedev. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

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