Indian Wells will be played in 2021 after all after it was confirmed it had been rescheduled for October.
The tournament is one of the most prestigious on both ATP and WTA Tours, although it appeared that it would have to be cancelled for the second year in a row.
In 2020, Indian Wells was the first tournament to be affected by the initial Covid-19 outbreak when it had to be abandoned on the eve of the event.
Hopes were high that it would go ahead this year in its regular March dates, but with the coronavirus rampant in California at that time the decision was taken not to push ahead.
However, with the vaccination roll-out now taking hold in America and life returning to normal, tournament director Tommy Haas has confirmed they will be able to bring tennis back to Indian Wells in 2021.
“We are ecstatic to have the opportunity to hold the BNP Paribas Open in October and bring professional tennis back to the desert,” Haas declared.
“We have never wavered in our desire to create an unforgettable experience this fall in Tennis Paradise for our fans, players and sponsors.”
Not only is it back, but it has also been reported that the prize money pot will be back to pre-pandemic levels, hinting that organisers are confident of being able to pack out the stands with spectators.
Next year Indian Wells should be back in its usual March spot in the schedules, and the exact dates for the ATP and WTA combined event this year will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
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