The Women’s Tennis Association released their 2021 schedule. The ATP starts their first tournament of the year on Wednesday, January 6 and the Australian Open could have some trouble implementing their quarantine plan. Check out the latest tennis news in our weekly update so you can continue planning your bets and place them against our Tennis odds.
COVID-19 Tennis Update – January 6th Edition
2021 Australian Open
- When: February 8, 2021 – February 23, 2021
- Where: Melbourne Australia
WTA releases 2021 schedule
The WTA’s revised schedule includes dates for the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the French Open. The schedule has plenty for tennis fans to like.
The first tournament is the Abu Dhabi WTA Women’s Tennis Open starting on January 6. The Melbourne happens from January 31 to February 6. Following the Melbourne is the first major of the year, the Australian Open.
Seven tournaments take place in March. Six tournaments happen in April and four in May before players head to Roland-Garros for the French Open on May 23.
The WTA has six events in June not counting the Wimbledon Championships. The third major of the year takes place from June 28 through July 11. The Women’s Tennis Association scheduled tournaments up to Wimbledon.
Their hope, like all of ours, is that by July, we’ll have an idea of how well the vaccines have tempered the pandemic. If the world is back to normal by then, the WTA hopes to fill stadiums with screaming fans for the second half of the year.
Australian Open quarantine plan faces legal challenge
Apartment owners at the Westin Melbourne are not amused. Australian Open officials and Westin Melbourne management made a deal where travelling tennis players could quarantine on the hotel premises in preparation for the Australian Open.
Owners at the Westin claim the hotel’s management ambushed them with the plan. They got no feedback from actual apartment owners. Those owners are preparing a legal challenge.
No doubt, Australian Open organizers will come up with an alternative if the legal challenge is upheld. From our viewpoint, it makes no sense why Westin wouldn’t get feedback from their current residents before releasing details of the plan.
One would think that if you were housing a hundred or so tennis players in your hotel, you’d at least let your current residents know. Now, the Westin could be in a world of hurt if they either a) lose the contract to quarantine the players or b) anger their current owners. Either way, it’s bad for the hotel.
Check MyBookie for ATP Delray Open and WTA Abu Dhabi odds
Like the WTA, the ATP also has a tournament starting on January 6. Men tennis players get back to work in the Delray Beach Open. The top seed is 24-year-old Christian Garin.
Garin won a couple of titles last year. John Isner is the 2-seed. The 3-seed is Adrian Mannarino and the 4-seed is Hubert Hurkacz.
2020 WTA Player of the Year Sofia Kenin is the top seed at the Abu Dhabi. Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova, and Aryna Sabalenka are the second, third, and fourth seeds.
Garbine Muguruza is the fifth seed, meaning some of the top women’s tennis players in the world are in Abu Dhabi playing for the title. Check on MyBookie throughout the week for match odds for both the WTA Abu Dhabi and the ATP Delray Beach Open.