The ATP 2021 season won’t feature India’s only ATP 250 event, Maharashtra Open, in its early January and February schedule. The event has been dropped in order to ensure that the Australia Open which was postponed by three weeks earlier today is conducted smoothly.
While releasing the updated schedule for the new season, ATP said that it is dropping the Indian event to ensure that the players and support staff who will feature in the Australian Open get fair amount of time to travel and complete their quarantine rules.
So the Maharashtra Open, India's only ATP Tour event, is cancelled for 2021.
Expected and the right call, given the pandemic, still a little sad (personally) https://t.co/IrvYKBjSXB
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“It’s an option that the ATP has given us. But it’s not just the ATP who’s involved. We need to look at how severe the pandemic is in Pune, the local authorities have to give a go-ahead. The talks are on, but I believe it’s too early to say anything now,” Sundar Iyer, the secretary of Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association said to Olympic Channel.
Along with the Maharashtra Open, the ASB Classic in Auckland and the New York Open also faced the axe.
The ATP 250 events are usually held before the Australian Open every year. The ATP 250 Maharashtra Open has been a regular event in the Indian sporting calendar since it was held for the first time in the year 1996.
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