ATP confirm plan to play Indian Wells tournament later in 2021
The Indian Wells Masters event has been postponed for the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the ATP has confirmed plans are in place to stage the event in October of this year.
Playing a tournament that usually takes place in what is the final month of the regular ATP season is an interesting most that may not gain support from all players, who tend to base themselves in Europe at that point in the season.
“The 2021 event will be played in October, with exact tournament dates to be announced after the confirmation of the fall calendar by the ATP and WTA Tours,” read a statement from the tournament organisers.
“The BNP Paribas Open intends to allow patrons on-site for the event, and we anticipate ticket, suite and hotel packages to be on sale starting June 21st.
“The tournament will enforce all protocols established by the ATP and WTA Tours, as well as the City of Indian Wells and Riverside County Public Health Department, to ensure the safety of our players, fans and officials.
“We are committed to ensuring the safety of everyone involved and will provide more information about our plans as they are completed.
“We look forward to welcoming you back to Tennis Paradise!”
Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman, said: “Since the resumption of the Tour in August 2020, we have had to take an agile approach to the calendar with the aim of staging as many of our events as possible. Everyone in our sport has missed the BNP Paribas Open over the past two years and its return this October is great for tennis.
“The calendar is extremely complex and I would like to thank all events in that section of the season, as we look to accommodate these changes for the benefit of the overall sport.”
With this years ATP finals being staged in Italy in November, Indian Wells organisiers may be forced to stage their event without star names, with the Miami Masters taking place in March after a raft of withdrawals from the likes of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
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