The Coronavirus pandemic continues to affect everyone's daily life and force sports organizations to reshape their event schedules. The ATP is not exempt from this phenomenon, always ready to have to move or cancel individual tournaments or even entire tours.
This is the case of the Masters 1000 in Shanghai, which will also see the 2021 edition be skipped after last year's. Indeed, the Association of Tennis Professionals considered it appropriate to cross the entire Asian tour from the calendar.
The association's decision to remedy this drastic change of plans was to extend another Masters 1000, that of Indian Wells. The Californian tournament, since 2009 under the name of BNP Paribas Open, was not played last season, but this time the insistence of the players of the circuit, evidently very attached to this event, prompted the leaders of the ATP to restore it.
Indian Wells stretches out. News Nur-Sultan and San Diego
Three months ago the first turning point for the BNP Paribas Open, whose date was moved from March to October 2021. Now, however, the news that the duration of the tournament has been extended and will last two weeks, from 4 to 17.
The number of participants of the men's draw has also been expanded, which will consist of 96 players, in the wake of the women's one whose expansion was already official after the cancellation of the tournaments in Beijing and Wuhai.
For the double, 32 pairs will be admitted. In addition to the extension of Indian Wells, the ATP has announced further news on the calendar from now to the end of the season, which will be enriched with two new tournaments (only for this year at the moment), both 250.
The first is the one on Nur-Sultan indoor concrete (until 2019 Astana), from 20 to 26 September; the second license was granted to the San Diego ATP, which will be played the following week. Finally, the Pune tournament in western India was definitively canceled.
The new schedule, therefore, is as follows. Week 38: ATP 250 Metz, ATP 250 Nur-Sultan, Laver Cup Week 39: ATP 250 Sofia, ATP 250 San Diego Week 40 and 41: Masters 1000 Indian Wells Week 42: ATP 250 Moscow, ATP 250 Antwerp Week 43: ATP 500 Vienna, ATP 250 St.
Petersburg Week 44: Masters 1000 Paris-Bercy Week 45: ATP 250 Stockholm, Next Gen Finals Milan Week 46: ATP Finals Turin.
Roger Federer's parents praised their son
A few days before his 40th birthday, Roger Federer's parents Robert and Lynette gave a nice interview to Blick magazine.
His dad Robert said: "Roger Federer looks a lot like me physically. I think he has inherited many traits from me, it is so evident" Then Mom Lynette intervened: "From meshe probably received the discipline and the desire to move.
Perhaps also his talent for hitting the ball." Not even his parents imagined seeing him still on the court at 40. Lynette said: "He has always followed his instinct and his love for sport. In addition, his physique has held up quite well despite the repeated stresses of the past 25 years."
Robert Federer's father added about his amazing son: "It's great that he still lives for tennis. He tried very hard to recover his condition after knee operations, I found it truly admirable. Roger continues to live his dream, we respect him without ever getting too much in the way."
Lynette also said: "Roger Federer has always been a fun, active guy who had lots of friends around him. It was immediately evident that he wanted to play sports. It didn't matter who he was. Skateboarding, biking, ping pong or squash, he just liked to move.
It was not an obligation for him unlike many other children, he did it with pleasure. People have always been amazed by his exceptional talent and naturalness with which hit the ball from a very young age. However, we never imagined such a success."
His father Robert added: "We never had the thought that he was going to be a champion of the sport. We always behaved normally, letting things run as smoothly as possible." The next months for Roger Federer will be crucial after giving up the Masters 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati.
The former world number 1 suffered a knee relapse during the grass season, having had to give up the Tokyo Olympics and the dream of winning the gold medal in singles. His participation in the last Grand Slam of 2021, the US Open, seems far from obvious, considering that the King has played only five tournaments this year.
Several fans and insiders believe that the 20-time Grand Slam champion is seriously thinking about retiring, thanks to a physicist who doesn't want to leave him alone. The Swiss legend played his last match at Wimbledon, where he surrendered in the quarter-finals to a wild Hubert Hurkacz.
The bagel handed to him by the Pole in the third set had alarmed his countless fans, who had never seen him so helpless on Center Court.