Qualifying for men and women in the Middle East will be held with the men in Doha and the women in Dubai from January 10.
This gives players ample time to play from the 15th. Come to Australia on special charter flights on January 1st and then quarantine for 14 days before pre-tournaments take place.
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In Melbourne there will be an ATP Cup with 12 teams (1. until 5. February) and two ATP 250 events (31. January to 6. February).
For women from 1. February two WTA 500 events as well as from 15. February in the second week of the Grand Slam a WTA 250 event took place.
The Australian Open prize money remains the same as in 2020 with a total pool of USD 71. 5 million. The distribution is optimized, however, with first-round losers 100. Received $ 000, an increase of 15 percent over the previous year.
The tournament organizers also said the prize money for qualifying and other early rounds was increased to provide an incentive for players to travel around the world and remain in quarantine for a fortnight.
« This is going to be a historic Australian Open on so many levels, » said Craig Tiley, director of the Australian Open tournament.
“For the first time in more than 100 years, the Australian Open will kick off in February and we look forward to bringing players what we believe will be one of their best gaming experiences in 2021.
“Right from the start, it is important to ensure that players have the best preparation possible for the Australian Open while protecting the precious COVID-free environment that the Victorian community has built through incredible sacrifice and hard work over the past six months has been of paramount importance.
« It has taken eight months to work with government agencies here in Victoria on a national and interstate basis to give us the opportunity to present an Australian Open that is designed for both the economic and psychological revitalization and rejuvenation of Melbourne will play an important role and Victoria.
“AO 2021 is about supporting local businesses – our tennis coaches, the farmers, food and wine producers, chefs, artists and musicians – and celebrating all that is great about our land, as well as providing opportunities to those who were hit so badly during the pandemic, particularly in Melbourne and Victoria. ”
Tickets for the 2021 Australian Open will be available on Wednesday, April 23. December AEDT sold through Ticketmaster from midday.
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