In our latest tennis update, check out how the Australian Open has decided on a start date and read about the Women’s Tennis Association’s 2020 Player of the Year. Also read about the International Tennis Federation and how it can keep tennis handicappers satiated while they await the return of both the ATP and WTA. Let’s get right to it so you can start planning ahead your bets and place them against their Tennis odds.
COVID-19 Tennis Update – December 9th Edition
2021 Australian Open
- When: February 8, 2021 – February 23, 2021
- Where: Melbourne Australia
Australian Open set to start on February 8, 2021
In a leaked memo, Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said the 2021 Australian Open will have a start date of February 8. If Tiley sticks to the plan, the final Australian Open day is likely to be February 23.
Tiley said in the memo that Tennis Australia will require players to quarantine for two weeks before they first hit the courts. Participating players must arrive by January 15. Once arriving, they’ll get tested for COVID-19.
During the two week quarantine period, players will receive three more tests. Should they test negative for all three, they’ll not only be allowed to play in the Australian Open, but they can also freely walk around Melbourne.
Per Tiley, Australia is in a different situation than the United States and France, where they played two major tournaments in a bubble. Players from the rest of the world will “bring the virus” to Australia. Once players clear quarantine, there’s no reason for them to stay inside a bubble.
The down under nation has just 27,993 coronavirus cases. Only 908 people have died in Australia from the coronavirus. That gives Tiley and Tennis Australia confidence that players who test negative can, and should, check out Melbourne while they’re in the Victorian nation.
Sofia Kenin voted WTA Player of the Year
The Women’s Tennis Association awarded Sofia Kenin their Player of the Year trophy. Kenin had an awesome 2020 considering the circumstances.
The 22-year-old U.S. citizen born in Moscow, Russia won the Australian Open last January and finished second in the French Open in October. She currently ranks fourth in the world behind Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, and Naomi Osaka.
Kenin is one of the favorites to win the 2021 Australian Open. She played well during one of the most challenging years imaginable for all sports, including tennis. Because she’s already shown she’s tough, expect Sofia to develop into the best player in the world, possibly as early as mid-2021.
ITF Men’s and ITF Women’s matches this week
The International Tennis Federation is a stepping-stone league to either the WTA or ATP. The Association of Tennis Professionals, the men’s league, also has the ATP Challenger as a way for young tennis players to stamp their ticket to the ATP.
This week, MyBookie offers options on ITF matches. Check them out. They’re often more competitive than either WTA or ATP matches because players on the ITF have similar talent. Tennis handicappers can find nice overlay bets or favorites offering fair odds.