2020 was a terrible year for all of us, characterized by the pandemic and a lockdown that still continues to slow everything down today. The world of tennis has also been literally upset by the advent of Coronavirus, a situation that has led to the postponement of some tournaments and the postponement of one year of the Tokyo Olympic Games and the cancellation of a historic tournament such as Wimbledon and some important Masters 1000.
Among these there is certainly the ATP Masters 1000 of Indian Wells, a tournament that should be played in this first part of the season but which in this case sees the conditional being increasingly a must. The tournament is not only at high risk but cancellation is more likely than the normal course of the 2021 edition.
The last edition held in 2019 saw the victories in the male and female tournaments respectively of Dominic Thiem and the Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu. Here in the United States in particular it was Thiem who won a very prestigious victory by winning a comeback in three sets against the winner of 20 Grand Slam titles Roger Federer.
This is perhaps the first major success of the Australian tennis player's career that has been repeated several times and who this season won his first career Grand Slam title at the US Open, just a few months ago.
INDIAN WELLS RISKS CANCELATION ALSO IN 2021!
Latest rumors regarding the Indian Wells tournament appear quite worrying at the moment. The cancellation of the 2020 edition hurt not only the insiders but also thousands of American fans, but the situation could likely repeat itself in 2021.
As Jon Vertheim reports through his social profiles, the official cancellation of the 2021 edition of the Indian Wells tournament is imminent, a great blow to the 2021 calendar. The main reasons for this decision are on the one hand linked to the situation of continuing Coronavirus emergency in the United States and on the other hand they concern the decision to postpone the next Australian Open to February 8th, a change that will bring a great revolution in the ATP and WTA calendars.
In the tweet we can read: "In 2020 @BNPPARIBASOPEN cancelled (wisely, courageously) on the eve of the event. Announcement of the 2021 cancellation is, I hear, coming imminently, three months in advance....both tours working to adjust schedule and minimize the impact..."
It must also be said that a large part of the Golden State has been locked down, from the San Francisco Bay to the San Joaquin Valley, an area that includes 27 million people. The Indian Wells area is not currently affected by the new measures, but Ellison's concern is that playing the tournament may involve too high a risk.
Riverside County has one of the highest median age populations in California, and given the nature of the virus, there is concern that it could have devastating effects.
In 2020 @BNPPARIBASOPEN cancelled (wisely, courageously) on the eve of the event.
Announcement of the 2021 cancellation is, I hear, coming imminently, three months in advance....both tours working to adjust schedule and minimize the impact... — Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) December 6, 2020