SYDNEY, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) – Tennis Australia on Thursday announced its “Summer of Tennis,” which would include a series of events in multiple states leading up to the 2022 Australian Open.
Ahead of the tournament, which officially kicks off on January 17, a total of 17 events will take place in the states of New South Wales (NSW), South Australia and Victoria.
Among the announced warm-up tournaments was the ATP Cup, which has been confirmed to be hosted by Sydney from January 1-9.
“There is no better place to kick off the season than in Australia and we look forward to seeing the fans strong in January,” said Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP president.
Other flagship events include the Victorian Wheelchair, open January 8-12, and Adelaide International women’s events starting January 2.
Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said the roster was designed to create plenty of competitive opportunities for some of the best players in the world.
“It is extremely important to have the best players in the world competing across the country, inspiring the next generation of players and increasing interest and enthusiasm for our sport,” he said.
The series of events is expected to be one of Australia’s biggest international events since its borders were closed due to the pandemic and would be a boon to crippled local economies.
Tiley said the pandemic has created a “tall order” for the event: “That’s why we’ve waited as long as possible to ensure optimal conditions for players and fans in as many places as possible. “
The qualifying round for the Australian Open would run from January 10 to 14, and the main event would take place from January 17 to 30.
Tennis Australia previously announced that unvaccinated players would not be allowed to participate in the 2022 Australian Open.