The first tournament on the calendar to be canceled due to the new Coronavirus epidemic in 2020, the Indian Wells Masters 1000 is confirmed for October this year. The tournament, which was scheduled for March 2021 and was being postponed, will be held, ATP said on Thursday (20).
Previously, the BNP Paribas Open would take place from 8 to 21 March 2021, but again it was affected by the impact of the Kovid-19 in the United States. Now, due to the very advanced vaccination in the country, the competition may take place in the second semester. Known as the “Fifth Major” due to its importance on the circuit, the tournament can be held after two years.
Quadra Central do Masters 1000d Indian Wells – Photo: Kevork Jansezian / Getty Images North America / AFP
– Since the circuit resumed in August 2020, we have had to adopt an agile approach to the calendar to carry out more and more of our events. Everyone in our sport has lost the BNP Paribas Open in the last two years and their return in October is great for tennis – said ATP President Andrea Gaudenzi.
With the change of Masters 1000 from Indian Wells to October, some tournaments in the Asian hard court tour may be affected, such as the ATP 500 in Beijing and Tokyo and the Masters 1000 in Shanghai.
Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer in the final of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 – Photo: Clive Brunskill / Getty Images
As the previous version was in 2019, Austrian Dominic Thiem is still the defending champion in the men. In the decision, he defeated Swiss Roger Federer by 2 sets at 1, partial 3/6, 6/3 and 7/5. In the women’s category, Canadian Bianca Andriscu also won the trophy two years ago beating German Angelique Kerber by 2 sets to 1, partial 6/4, 3/6 and 6/4.