Tennis Update: ATP Cup to Headline Australian Open Warm-Up Tournaments
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Men’s and women’s tennis competitions will be a handful before the staging of the Australian Open. It will take place on January 17, 2022. The ATP Cup will be headlining the warm-up events going into the first Grand Slam tennis event takes place. The staging of these high-level competitions gives online betting enthusiasts more reasons to look forward to the 2022 tennis season and not just the Australian Open.
ATP Cup Kicks Off Busy January
The prestigious ATP Cup kicks off the 2022 tennis calendar. The event will take place in Sydney on January 1. The team event features the top tennis nations around the world. They are based on the men’s singles rankings of their players. The inaugural ATP Cup held in 2020 with 24 countries competing. Serbia won the event as they beat Spain in the final. Last year, the field reduces to 12 due to the effect of the coronavirus pandemic. Russia emerged victorious in the 2021 edition. Their top stars Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev swept aside Italy in the two singles matches. The Russian netters will be back to defend the title. They will battle other teams like Serbia, Spain, Italy, Canada, and Germany. They are planning to dislodge the champions from their lofty perch.
ATP-WTA Singles Events in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne
After the team-oriented ATP Cup, men’s and women’s singles action will take place in Sydney, Adelaide, and Melbourne. The joint ATP-WTA Sydney Tennis Classic will take place right after the ATP Cup. The tennis event will be part of the tuneup matches for the Australian Open. Meanwhile, Adelaide will play host to a WTA 500 event and two ATP events beginning on January 2.
The city where the Australian Open takes place will also have a busy schedule ahead of the Grand Slam tournament. Melbourne will host three events – two WTA and one ATP – on January 3-9. The tons of sports action is happening in the three cities just before the Australian Open. Previous events in Brisbane, Perth and Hobart, as well as in Auckland, New Zealand, will not continue for the second straight year.
Schedule Changes Due to COVID-19
Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley says that the changes to the tennis schedule are brought about by the ongoing fight against coronavirus disease. He says that the officials are considering the factors related to the pandemic. This includes travel restrictions, vaccinations of players, and safety precautions. Organizers have to ensure the tennis players are fit to play for the Australian Open.
This year, delays continue to affect the season-opening schedule. Despite this, organizers are still working out everything. Australia gradually relaxes state and international borders after long COVID lockdowns.
All lead-up events taking place at Melbourne Park this year in bio-secure conditions after players undergo quarantine in hotels for 14 days.
The busy schedule prior to the 2022 Australian Open would mean more online tennis betting options for people who want more than just watching their favorite tennis players live. Betting on tennis is expected to be more thrilling with the schedules leading up to the Australian Open being released.