A few days ago, the entry list of the Masters 1000 in Madrid was announced, which will take place from 2 to 9 May at the Caja Magica. Last year the tournament had suffered the harsh consequences of the global pandemic and, unlike what happened for the International BNL of Italy, the last attempt of the organizers in September had not prevented its definitive cancellation.
The 2021 edition is expected to host the top twelve players in the ATP rankings, including Roger Federer. The Swiss champion has already made his return to Doha, putting an end to an absence of over a year, but then decided to give up the appointments in Dubai and Miami to carry out a further training block.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has always enjoyed the conditions in Madrid, where he has triumphed three times in his illustrious career. The 39-year-old from Basel reached the quarterfinals in his last appearance in the Spanish capital, mocked at the photo finish by Dominic Thiem.
In the absence of upheavals, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will also be at the start of the second Masters 1000 on clay. It would be the first time in the last 15 months that the Big 3 will meet together in the same tournament (it did not happen in fact from the Australian Open 2020).
Djokovic was no longer on the pitch after winning his ninth Australian Open, while Nadal had to deal with a back problem from the start of the season. However, his doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro gave reassurances about his form.
He said: "His goal is to do well on clay, he has been training well in recent weeks. He will return to Monte Carlo and then will do his utmost to reach Roland Garros 100%." Federer's participation in the second Slam of the season is instead more uncertain than ever, also due to the postponement of a week due to the health situation in France.
The feeling is that King Roger will not risk jeopardizing his umpteenth assault on history.
OFFICIAL: Roland Garros 2021 postponed by a week!
The news was in the air, but now it's official: the Roland Garros in Paris, initially scheduled to start next May 17th, will slip by a week instead, so it will be held from May 24th (with the start of the billboard qualification) as of June 13, 2021.
The situation of the Covid-19 epidemic in France has in fact worsened in recent hours, forcing President Emmanuel Macron to proclaim a third national lockdown last Saturday. The press release published on the Roland Garros website reads: "In agreement with the French public authorities and the governing bodies of international tennis, the French Tennis Federation has taken the responsible decision to postpone the 2021 edition of Roland Garros.
a week long, with the tournament taking place now from May 24th to June 13th. In his last speech on March 31, the President announced that a program for the progressive restoration of cultural and sporting events, subject to the improvement of the health situation, will be established from mid-May.
Using this as a starting point, the FFT worked closely with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the relevant government departments on possible scenarios for the organization of Roland Garros, while taking into account the international sporting calendar.
In this context, it seemed that the best solution was to postpone the tournament by a week. The qualifying rounds will therefore be held from Monday 24th to Friday 28th May and will be followed by those of the main draw, from 30th May to 13th June ”.
The decision to move the competition by seven days also means that there will be only two weeks before the start of the Wimbledon tournament, canceled in 2020, which starts on June 18. The knock-on effects on the rest of the ATP and WTA calendar of the year are inevitable, especially for the first events on grass which now see themselves threatened by the dangerous expansion of the season on clay.