Neither the ATP nor the WTA plays a tournament this week. That doesn’t mean no news has happened in the world of tennis. Check out an update on the Australian Open, the WTA’s return to play tennis tournament happening in two weeks, and ATP Challenger matches so you can get all set to make your bets against their Tennis odds.
COVID-19 Tennis Update – December 2nd Edition
2021 Australian Open
- When: January 18 – February 2
- Where: Melbourne Australia
Australian Open could be delayed by a week or two
Victorian Sports and Tourism Minister Martin Pakula said that it’s likely the nation will push the Australian Open from its original January 18 start date. Pakula didn’t say why they were pushing the Australian Open.
He did say that negotiations with all stakeholders and among governments would soon come to a conclusion. Pakula said that if they must push the Aussie Open it would be out to a week, two weeks at the most.
Australian Open administrators have a long leash. The next major after the down under major tournament is the French Open in May.
2021 is also an Olympic year after Japan pushed the 2020 Games due to the coronavirus. The French Open happens in May, Wimbledon in late June and early July, the Olympics in late July, and the U.S. Open in late August and early September.
WTA returns to the courts on Dec. 13 for the Open BLS de Limoges
Women players on the WTA return to the courts on Dec. 13 for the 2020 Open BLS de Limoges. Last year’s winner, Ekaterina Alexandrova, lost to Elise Mertens in the semifinals at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz in mid-November.
Expect Alexandrova to head to France for a try at the repeat win. Jennifer Brady, Alize Cornet, and Anna Blinkova could also try for the trophy. Players who didn’t show up at the 2019 Open BLS de Limoges, like Petra Martic and Mertens might give it a shot.
The coronavirus pandemic forced tournament cancellations. Players who don’t often battle in lower-level tournaments may want to shore up their game for an Australian Open run, or make up for the tournaments they had to skip in 2020 because of the virus.
Can wager on ATP Challenger matches this week
The WTA gets back into the swing of things starting in a couple of weeks on Dec. 13. Until then, tennis handicappers can place bets on ATP Challenger matches.
That ATP Challenger series provides a stepping stone for men tennis players to notch a spot on the ATP Tour. If you wish to wager on ATP Challenger matches, head to MyBookie’s tennis page.
Have a great rest of your week!