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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.




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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Why Newly Married Elina Svitolina Has No Plans To Change Her Surname

The Ukrainian explains why she isn’t using her husband’s surname of Monfils just yet as she books her place in the third round at Tokyo 2020.




Just over a week ago Elina Svitolina tied the knot with her long-time partner Gael Monfils at a ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland.


Shortly after the world No.6 took to social media and changed her name on Twitter to Elina Monfils as part of the tradition that the woman takes on the man’s name once they are married. As a consequence, various websites started to identify the Ukrainian under that name. Although she would rather that they don’t do such a thing.

“I don’t know why they changed my surname. Maybe they saw that I had changed it on my social networks,” Svitolina told BTU.
“I’m going to play as Svitolina till the very end of my professional career and will change it only after retirement.”

Svitolina explains she believes it is better if all of her achievements are made under the same name instead of two. So far in her career she has won 15 WTA titles, reached two Grand Slam semi-finals and has earned more than $20.5M in prize money.

I had numerous achievements and people know me as Svitolina. My father would be upset if I changed the surname and played as Monfils,” she joked.
“I am proud to be Svitolina and my tennis career will always be connected with this surname.”

Over the coming week the 26-year-old is hoping to add an Olympic medal to her resume. On Monday Svitolina survived a stern scare after coming back from a set down to defeat Ajla Tomljanović 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and move into the third round of the tournament. Her win came on the day where there were shocks galore in the women’s draw with seeds Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek and Petra Kvitova all crashing out.

Svitolina will play Greece’s Maria Sakkari in the next round whom she has lost to in two out of their three previous meetings.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.




Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.


The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz becomes the youngest ever champion at ATP Tour level since Kei Nishikori in 2008




Carlos Alcaraz beat Richard Gasquet 6-2 6-2 in the final of the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag becoming the youngest ever champion at ATP Tour level since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori in Delray Beach in 2008 and the youngest Spanish ATP Tour champion since RafaelNadal in Sopot 2004. 


Alcaraz earned his first break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead with an inside-in forehand winner and he never looked back by holding his next service games. The Spanish teenager broke serve in the third game as Gasquet made a double fault. Alcaraz converted his third break point in the fifth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Gasquet earned three break points but he was not able to convert them. 

“I had a lot of good moments in this tournament. I beat five great tennis players. I think that I grew up a lot in this tournament and  I keep a lot of experience from this tournament. It’s going to be useful for the future”, said Alcaraz. 

Gasquet was aiming to win his first ATP Tour title since s’Hertogenbosch in 2018. 

“It was tough for me to play with his full intensity. I had a tough match yesterday. It was tough, and especially with a guy like Carlos, who is playing really fast with a lot of energy and spin. He is playing unbeievable. He is only 18 and of course he had a great future and Ijust could not play at his level and his intensity”, said Gasquet. 

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