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Indian Wells: BNP Paribas Open 2021 postponed due to COVID-19 concerns |  Tennis News

BNP Paribas Open was scheduled to take place in March 2021 but was postponed due to coronavirus concerns; the decision follows the cancellation of the 2020 event; organizers hoping to revamp the tournament for later in the 2021 season

Last updated: 29/12/20 16:27 pm

Dominic Thiem won the men’s event at Indian Wells in 2019 – there was no tournament in 2020 due to the coronavirus

The BNP Paribas Open, due to take place in Indian Wells in March 2021, has been postponed due to coronavirus concerns.

Tournament organizers said the decision was made after consulting with health officials in California.

They will now work with the male and female governing bodies – the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) – to postpone the event until later in the year.

A BNP Paribas Open statement stated: “The BNP Paribas Open will not be held from March 8 to 21, 2021 as initially planned.

“The tournament is working proactively with ATP and WTA Tours as well as title sponsor BNP Paribas to confirm event dates later in the year. Details will be released in the near future as they occur. that the plans will be finalized.

Indian Wells: BNP Paribas Open 2021 postponed due to COVID-19 concerns |  Tennis News

Bianca Andreescu won the BNP Paribas Open title at Indian Wells in 2019 with a three-set victory over Angelique Kerber

“This decision was made after extensive consultation with state and local health authorities and tournament owner Larry Ellison.”

The BNP Paribas Open – also known as the Indian Wells Masters – is often referred to as the “ fifth major ” and lists Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka as previous winners.

This year’s event – due to take place in March 2020 – has also been canceled due to coronavirus concerns while the first Grand Slam of the 2021 season, the Australian Open, has been pushed back three weeks to the February 8.

Dominic Thiem and Bianca Andreescu are the most recent singles title winners at Indian Wells, having beaten Federer and Angelique Kerber in the 2019 final, respectively.

The ATP subsequently announced a revised schedule for Weeks 8-13 of the 2021 ATP Tour season.

Several early-season events are scheduled to follow the conclusion of the Australian Open, including the European Indoor, Latin America and Middle East swings, which will lead to the Miami Open for both. last weeks of March.

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