Sydney to host ATP Cup as part of bumper Australian Open warm-up schedule

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MELBOURNE, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Sydney will host the $10 million ATP Cup from Jan. 1-9 as part of a bumper schedule of warm-up tournaments forward of the Australian Open, organisers mentioned on Thursday.

Governing physique Tennis Australia (TA) additionally confirmed Melbourne would host Australian Open qualifying from Jan. 10-14 after 2021 qualifying was performed overseas due to COVID-19.

TA boss Craig Tiley mentioned a report 17 tournaments can be staged in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia states within the lead up to the Jan. 17-30 Australian Open, the primary Grand Slam of the 12 months.

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“It’s incredibly important to have the world’s best players competing across the country, inspiring the next generation of players, and growing interest and excitement in our sport,” Tiley said in a statement.

After the ATP Cup, Australia’s largest city will host the one-off “Sydney Tennis Classic”, featuring a WTA 500 event and an ATP 250 tournament.

Adelaide will host four men’s and women’s tournaments back-to-back from Jan. 2-15 while Melbourne Park, the Australian Open venue, will stage another three tournaments from Jan. 3-9.

Russia cruised to victory in February in the last truncated edition of the ATP Cup, which was played in front of small, capped crowds at Melbourne Park due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Peter Rutherford

Tennis - ATP Cup - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 4, 2021 Craig Tiley, CEO of Tennis Australia speaks to media during a press conference. Play on Thursday was cancelled after a hotel quarantine worker in Melbourne returned a positive result for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Up to 600 players and support staff connected to the Australian Open will have to isolate until they have been tested. REUTERS/Loren Elliott