Andy Murray to make 2021 bow, in Italy
Having not been able to travel to Melbourne for The Australian Open due to a positive Covid-19 test the plans of Andy Murray were thrown into question and a calendar re-juggled but we now know where he will begin his 2021 season.
A trip to Rotterdam or Marseille seemed to be likely for the former world number one but he has opted for a trip to Italy on the ATP Challenger Tour during The Australian Open.
Andy will be playing in Biella 2 which begins on the 5th of February and he has opted to go through qualifying rather than the main draw.
When will Roger Federer return?
20 years ago today a certain Swiss teenager won his first ATP singles title in Milan and in a months time will be looking to pick up title No.104.
Roger was another where we anticipated a return in Rotterdam but he is mixed it up as well announcing he will be back on the 9th of March at the WTA 250 event in Doha before most likely heading to Dubai and then expectedly Miami…
Miami to modify without the Hard Rock Stadium
Due to covid-19 a decision has been made by the Miami Open organisers not to use their main stand this year. The move from Crandon Park to Hard Rock Stadium still seems bizarre and the event doesn’t feel the same but now we won’t see it’s main attraction this year.
Organisers have made the decision due to the ‘evolving covid-19 situation’ and have decided the ‘elimination’ of the Stadium Court inside the Hard Rock Stadium will part of those changes.
A decision has yet to be reached on whether there will be crowds at the Miami Open this year.
Dayana Yastremska Melbourne Lockdown
One player we did not expect to travel to Melbourne this January was Dayana Yastremska. The 20 year old from Ukraine received a provisional ban from the ITF due to failing a drugs test. It is worth noting Dayana announced at the time she was ‘astonished’ and in ‘shock’ and has never taken performance enhancing drugs which she received scientific advice on being linked to contamination due to the low amount.
Dayana still travelled to Melbourne hoping the ITF and a case to CAS would overturn the decision but this is not the case. Dayana during this has not been able to be on a training site and will not be able to enter Melbourne Park, she has also confirmed she will pay back all expenses for her to travel and stay in Australia.