WTA tour expands 2021 calendar through US Open

WTA tour expands 2021 calendar through US Open

Two grass-court events were cancelled in light of the Roland Garros postponement, but a slew of new 125K and 250-level tournaments were announced.

The WTA tour evealed nine more weeks of its 2021 calendar on Friday, including two 1000-level events in Montreal and Cincinnati, one 500, six 250 tournaments and an extended series of 125 events.

"We are especially appreciative of the commitment in which all the tournaments and players have put forth in order to operate efficiently and safely during these challenging times," notes WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon in an official statement

The WTA had already released the first 27 weeks of its calendar, which has been rolled out in phases due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, and plans at least one tournament each week through the US Open.

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Notable changes from the 2019 schedule include the Internationaux de Strasbourg's move to the week of May 24 in light of Roland Garros' decision to postpone its fortnight by a week. Though the move ultimately forced the cancellation of two planned grass-court events in Cologne and 's-Hertogenbosch, and leaves a third event in Nottingham up in the air, there are still four Wimbledon warm-ups available in the two weeks leading up to Wimbledon—including two new events in Berlin and Bad Homburg.

Moving into July's slate of clay-court tournaments, the tour is making an intriguing return to Poland, home country to reigning French Open champion Iga Swiatek, for the first time since 2016. The 250-level event will take place in the city of Gydnia, replacing the longtime Citi Open event that took place in Washington, D.C.

In addition to Western & Southern Open—which will be held in its regular Cincinnati home after taking place in Flushing Meadows last summer—Ohio will also welcome an inaugural event in Cleveland before the US Open.

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