Indian Wells expanded to two weeks after Shanghai Masters cancelled
The final tournaments in the Asian swing including the Shanghai Masters have been cancelled, meaning the Indian Wells event has been expanded to two weeks.
The China Open and Japan Open both fell away from the 2021 calendar last month, leaving the Zhuhai Championships, the Chengdu Open and Shanghai Masters as the only events remaining on the Asian swing.
Despite suggestions that these events could go ahead this year, all three tournaments have now been cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We’ve maintained a flexible approach to the calendar this year due to the constantly evolving nature of the pandemic,” said ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi.
“It’s extremely unfortunate to announce the cancellation of our Asia swing this season and we look forward to returning in 2022.”
One event that has benefitted from the cancellation of the Asian swing is Indian Wells, which will expand the men’s event from one week to two after a two-and-a-half year hiatus due to the pandemic.
The event is set to take place from October 4 until October 17 and is set to return to its usual March spot on the calendar in 2022.
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