The 2021 tennis circuit is officially opening when Doha hosts the Qatar Open from the 6th to the 11th of January. The Qatar Open is the start of the ATP tour and will also serve as the qualification for the Australian Open. Melbourne will be hosting the first grand slam of 2021 at Melbourne Park. The event was originally scheduled for the 18th to the 31st of January but is now taking place between the 8th and the 21st of February.
Players alongside their coaches and staff will need to go into a 14 day quarantine before the Grand Slam event. The cost of hosting the tournament is expected to be much higher due to all the precautionary measures that will be put in place to keep everyone safe. Prize money for the Australian Open has also increased to $80 million up $8.5 million from 2020. Tickets are expected to go on sale in the next few days. The competition will be featuring wheelchair, doubles and singles competitions.
All of the big tennis stars are expected to compete in the event, Rafael Nadal has confirmed that he will be competing in the Grand Slam and defending champion Novak Djokovic will be hoping that he could defend his title yet again. South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, who has competed in two Grand Slam finals in the past, will be hoping that 2021 could be the year that he lifts his first trophy at a Grand Slam event. Craig Tiley, the director of the Australian Open confirmed that Roger Federer has recovered from a knee surgery and will be competing at next year’s tournament.
2013 Wimbledon winner Andy Murray is also preparing for his return to the court and will more than likely also be playing. The Australian crowd pleaser and bad boy of tennis Nick Kyrgios will also be expected to participate. The Woman’s Player of the year Sofia Kenin will also be defending her title in the upcoming tournament. Serena Williams will draw a big crowd for the event as she has committed to playing in AO. Bianca Andreescu, who became the first Canadian to lift the US Open trophy after beating Serena Williams in the 2019 US Open final, is already in training for this star studded tournament. You can see the results and odds of upcoming tennis tournaments and bet on tennis online at Betway. Betway is currently running a limited time offer of R25 Sign Up bet for joining today.