Tennis news – Laver Cup, Indian Wells, ATP and WTA finals, what’s left to play in 2021 after the US Open?
The Grand Slam season may be over for another year, but there is still a lot of life left for the 2021 tennis season.
Daniil Medvedev and Emma Raducanu were crowned singles champions in New York, and attention now turns to the remaining three months on the calendar.
Players will not be heading to the Far East as they have in previous years as tournaments have been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but there are Masters events, the Laver Cup and the end of season finals to hope for …
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As September features ATP 250 events in Europe and the United States – and Andy Murray playing on the Challenger Tour in France – the highlight will likely be the Laver Cup.
After not being played last year due to scheduling issues, the tag team tournament will return for a fourth edition in Boston from September 24-26.
The European team have won all three times so far, but will be without Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. They still have a strong squad with new US Open champion Medvedev who will play with world No.3 Stefanos Tsitsipas and world No.4 Alexander Zverev.
But will Team World finally win? Nick Kyrgios is alongside John McEnroe with Canadian duo Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime. A loud atmosphere is guaranteed as the best ATP Tour players compete against each other for three days.
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Chicago Fall Classic and Ostrava Open
The next two big stages of the WTA Tour are the Indoor Ostrava Open in the Czech Republic and the Chicago Fall Classic outdoor.
The WTA 500 events take place over consecutive weeks starting September 20 and will see different players compete against each other in the two. Czech Karolina Pliskova will play the Ostrava Open with US Open quarter-finalist Elina Svitolina, Iga Swiatek and Roland-Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova.
World number 2 Aryna Sabalenka is set to play in Chicago with Bianca Andreescu, Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova and Belinda Bencic. Raducanu could also feature although his schedule after winning the US Open is uncertain.
Former world number one Kim Clijsters has taken on a wild card for the event and will make her first competitive appearance since last year’s US Open. The 38-year-old came out of retirement in February 2020 but did not play in 2021 after undergoing knee surgery and then contracting Covid-19.
Usually played earlier in the year, the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells is the biggest remaining event on the ATP and WTA calendar. It has been rescheduled to run from October 4-17 and will feature most of the best players in the world.
Djokovic, Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka are all on the entry list, with Serena Williams and Dominic Thiem among the few big names missing.
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Indian Wells, which is an ATP and WTA 1000 event, was not played last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but will be at full capacity this time around. Carlos Alcaraz, Leylah Fernandez and Coco Gauff are set to make their tournament debuts.
This is the penultimate Masters round of the ATP Tour before the Paris Masters, which will start on November 1.
Turin will host the ATP Finals for the first time after their transfer from London.
The world’s top eight players qualify for the tournament, with world No.1 Djokovic and 2019 and 2020 champions Tsitsipas and Medvedev confirmed so far. Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini, Casper Ruud and Hubert Hurkacz are expected to fill the remaining places as they stand.
The tournament kicks off on November 14, a week after the NextGen final, which features the season’s top eight players aged 21 and under.
Auger-Aliassime, Sinner, Alcaraz, Sebastian Korda, Jenson Brooksby, Lorenzo Musetti, Juan Manuel Cerundolo and Brandon Nakashima are currently expected to qualify for the event in Milan.
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The uncertainty over the WTA Finals ended this week as it was confirmed that the season-ending tournament will be played for just one year in Guadalajara, Mexico.
With tournaments in the Far East being canceled due to the pandemic, the event had to be moved from Shenzhen, China, where it was first played in 2019. As with the ATP finals, the eight best singles players and doubles teams of the year will be playing in Guadalajara.
World number one Barty will be the defending champion and will be joined by Sabalenka, Pliskova, Krejcikova, Swiatek, Maria Sakkari, Osaka and Muguruza.
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Less than two months after the end of the 2021 season, the first Grand Slam of 2022 takes place in Melbourne.
Djokovic will try to win his record-breaking 21st Major, while Barty hopes to win the trophy at home.
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