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Report: Indian Wells Among Series Of Tournaments Cancelled Or Postponed In 2021

Further details of what the ATP calendar will look like during the first quarter of next year have been revealed by France’s leading sports newspaper.

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The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells will not take place in March for the second year in a row, according to information obtained by L’Equipe newspaper.

 

It is understood that officials are hoping to find a way to schedule the event to be played later next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organisers want the tournament to take place at a time where they can welcome at least 25% of its crowd capacity to the venue. Something that is not permitted at the moment by local authorities due to the Covid case levels in the area.

Indian Wells is one of the biggest tennis tournaments to be held outside the Grand Slams and takes place over two weeks. It is categorised as a Masters 1000 event for the men and as a WTA 1000 for the women. On the eve of this year’s edition, the tournament was suspended and later cancelled due to the pandemic.

L’Equipe have published details of what they say will be the ATP calendar during the first quarter of 2021. According to their sources, Indian Wells will be one of at least five tournaments to be either cancelled or suspended. Other victims include events in Auckland, Pune, New York and Rio.

Tennis Australia is still to confirm the start date of the Australian Open but it is widely expected that the tournament will begin on February 8th. Should this be the case, there is set to be four weeks between the Grand Slam ending and the Miami Masters. Filling in the gap will be a series of tournaments taking place across Europe and South America. Furthermore, Doha is set to hold their event between March 8-14.

Last week it was reported that one of the first ATP tournaments to take place next year will be the Delray Beach Open in America. A 250 event that usually takes place in February during the build up to Indian Wells. Meanwhile, Australia plans to hold at least two events leading up to their Grand Slam, which also includes the possibility of playing the ATP Cup in some capacity.

As for the WTA Tour, it has been reported that a 500 event will be staged at the International Tennis Complex in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi during the week commencing January 5th. Meanwhile, Dubai has been selected as the city where qualifying for the Australian Open will take place. Although full details of both of those events are still to be made public.

A formal announcement on what the ATP and WTA calendars will look like during the first part of 2021 could be published as early as Tuesday. The governing bodies are currently holding various meetings with players, coaches and officials concerning the calendar.

The rumoured 2021 calendar

January 4 to 10: Delray Beach
January 4 to 10: ATP 250 event
January 5 to 13: WTA 500 Abu Dubai
January 9 to 13: Australian Open qualifying
February 1 to 7: ATP Cup, ATP 250 in Melbourne
February 8 to 22: Australian Open
February 22 to 28: Montpellier, Cordoba, ATP 250 with a new license
March 1 to 7:
Rotterdam, Buenos Aires, ATP 250 with a new license
March 8 to 14: Doha, Marseille, Santiago
March 15-21: Acapulco, Dubai

*Note: subject to change

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Italy leads 2-0 against Romania in Billie Jean King Cup Play-off

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Italy leads 2-0 over Romania in the Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas Play-off against Romania in Cluj-Napoca.

 

World number 111 Elisabetta Cocciaretto beat debutant Irina Bara 6-1 6-4 to give Italy a 1-0 lead in the first tie. Cocciaretto cruised through to a 6-1 lead. Bara bounced back by taking a 3-0 lead in the second set, but Cocciaretto won six of the next seven games to claim a straight-set win. 

Italy took a 2-0 lead after last year’s Roland Garros quarter finalist Martina Trevisan battled past Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2 2-6 7-6 (7-5) after 3 hours and 7 minutes after saving two match points. The third set featured 10 breaks in 12 12 games. Trevisan won four consecutive games from 2-2 with two breaks to win the first set 6-2. 

Buzarnescu went up a double break to take a 3-0 lead and never looked back to claim the second set 6-2. 

The third set started with four consecutive breaks. Both players held their serve in the fifth and sixth games. Trevisan saved missed two match points at 4-5 15-40 to hold serve. Buzarnescu did not close out the match after serving after serving at 6-5. Both players traded breaks in the next two service games to send the match to the tie-break, which featured six mini-breaks in the first ten points. Trevisan won the final two points from 5-5 to take a thrilling tie-break 7-5.

“I fought for every ball, even if I did not feel very well in the latter stages of the match. This fighting spirit brought me the victory”, said Trevisan. 

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Andrey Rublev reaches his second consecutive Masters 1000 semifinal after three-set win over Rafael Nadal in Monte-Carlo

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Andrey Rublev battled past Rafael Nadal 6-2 4-6 6-2 on Court Rainier III after 2 hours and 32 minutes at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters to move into his second consecutive Masters 1000 semifinal. Rublev beat Nadal for the first time in his career. 

 

Rublev played his second hard-fought match one day after beating Roberto Bautista Agut in almost three hours. 

Rublev equalled the biggest result of his career on clay and reached his second consecutive Masters 1000 semifinal after Miami.

“I don’t know what to say. I cannot imagine being in the situation of Rafa, knowing that you are the best player on clay and you have the pressure every time. I think it must be incredibly tough every time. I am in shock with the way he is playing under the pressure and that is why he is a legend”, said Rublev. 

Rublev saved eight of the twelve break points and earned seven break points. The Russian player got three breaks to cruise through to a 6-2 lead. 

Rublev started the match with an immediate break in the first game, as Nadal made a double fault. Nadal broke back at love in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Rublev converted his third break point in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Nadal netted a forehand to drop serve, as he was serving at 2-4. Rublev served out the first set 6-2 after 38 minutes, as Nadal sprayed a forehand. 

Rublev went up a set and a break in the first game, as Nadal sent a backhand wide. The 2021 Rotterdam winner saved a break point in the fourth game for 3-1 and earned three break points in the fifth game. Nadal fended them off for 2-3. Rublev saved four break points to open up a 4-2 lead. 

Nadal saved a break point with a forehand winner in the seventh game. The Spaniard broke back to draw level to 4-4 and held serve at 30 in the ninth game to open up a 5-4 forcing Rublev to serve to stay in the set. Nadal claimed his second consecutive break to seal the second set 6-4  after 74 minutes forcing the match to the third set. 

Rublev got a break in the first game before wasting two game points. Nadal broke straight back, as Rublev netted a forehand. Rublev broke serve for the sixth time in the third game to take a 2-1 lead and consolidated the break with a forehand down the line winner to open up a 3-1 lead. Rublev broke at 15 to race out to a 4-1 lead with a forehand winner and held serve with an unreturned serve in the seventh game. Rublev served out the match at 5-2 setting up a semifinal against Casper Ruud. 

“Casper is playing really well. I have known him for a long time. He is an amaziong player player and every match against him was dramatic. We had really great rallies and a really great level of tennis. It is going to be super tough. He is in great shape. He finished today much earlier than me. We will see what is going to happen tomorrow. I will try to recover as best as I can and to do my best tomorrow”, said Rublev. 

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Casper Ruud advances to his second Masters 1000 semifinal

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Casper Ruud beat defending champion Fabio Fognini 6-4 6-3 to reach the second Masters 1000 semifinal of his career. 

 

Fognini saved a break point in the second game to hold serve at deuce in the second game. Ruud fended off four break points in the fifth game and held his next two service games. Fognini dropped his serve at 4-5 to lose the first set after wasting a 40-15. 

Ruud went up an early break at love in the second game of the second set to take a 2-0 lead. Fognini had to save three break points in the fourth game before breaking serve in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. 

Ruud rallied from 15-40 down on Fognini’s serve to break serve at deuce in the eighth game earning his chance to serve out the match. The Scandinavian player sealed his win on his first match point in the 10th game after a net cord error from Fognini. 

Last September Ruud beat another Italian star Matteo Berrettini to reach the Masers 1000 semifinal in Rome. He became the highest-ranked player and the first ATP Tour champion from Norway by winning the 2020 Buenos Aires title, surpassing his father Christian Ruud, who peaked at number 39 after reaching the 1995 Bastad final. He advanced to Grand Slam fourth round for the first time at the 2021 Australian Open. 

“It was a tough match today. It has been a great week for me so far. I have beaten good players and today was a very big challenge. Fabio is the defending champion here and he plays very tricky. He can hit winners from anywhere and you really need to be ready for anything to come at you. I was happy with the way I was able to stay steady and make him play an extra ball here and there to force an error out of his play. It’s a nice feeling to be in the semifinals”, said Ruud. 

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