australian open 2021 the men’s qualifier will be held at the khalifa international tennis and squash complex in doha, qatar from Sunday, January 10 to Wednesday, January 13.
The decision to host qualifying offshore is an innovative solution for the 128-man year to compete for sixteen qualifying spots in the main draw of the Australian Open to be held in Melbourne from February 8-21.
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“We are very grateful to our friends in Qatar for hosting the Australian Open 2021 men’s qualifying event in Doha,” said Australian Open Tournament Director craig tiley.
“hosting the ao qualifier event and giving players the chance to win prize money and earn the opportunity to play grand slam tennis during this difficult time has been a key goal in all of our planning.
“I would like to especially thank Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Karim Alami and the Qatar Tennis Federation who have taken the lead in helping us organize this event due to the current travel restrictions to Australia.
qatar tennis federation board member karim alami said: “we are delighted to have the opportunity to host the qualifying rounds of the australian open 2021, and we are pleased to welcome all participating players to Doha, promising you an exceptional experience that will live up to Qatar’s globally recognized reputation as a premier destination for global sports.
“selecting doha to host the 2021 australian open qualifiers due to the coronavirus pandemic reflects global confidence in qatar’s capabilities, and we will leave nothing unturned in staging a world-class event “, he added.
alami also highlighted that the federation will work together with the health authorities to guarantee the safety of the players and organize an event without risks.
The field boasts an exciting mix of promising young talent eager to achieve game-changing results and experienced players.
Emerging stars on the entry list include recent Australian Open men’s singles champions sebastian korda (2018) and lorenzo musetti (2019).
World No. 118 Korda, a 20-year-old American who reached the fourth round at Roland Garros as a qualifier earlier this year, is the son of 1998 champion Petr Korda.
musetti, world number 128, 18, also enjoyed a breakout season in 2020, winning his first atp challenger title and scoring his first top 20 win against stan wawrinka in rome.
spaniard carlos alcaraz, a 17-year-old ranked #141 who won three atp challenger titles in 2020 and was voted the atp tour rookie of the year, and France’s Hugo Gaston, a 20-year-old who reached the fourth round of Roland Garros in 2020, are also on the list of players to watch.
More familiar names in the draw include former world number 5 tommy roberdo, a 2007 Australian Open quarter-finalist, and 36-year-old Italian andreas seppi, a former No. 18 in the world who advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open four times and has victories over Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios in Melbourne Park.
former world number 10 ernests gulbis, former world number 12 viktor troicki and former world number 14 ivo karlovic they will also rely on their experience at the top of the game to advance to the main draw. Karlovic, 41, the tallest top 20 player in history, advanced to the second round in 2020, making him the oldest singles match winner since ken rosewall from Australia in 1978.
eleven australians will compete with bernard tomic (qld),andrew harris (vic) and max purcell (nsw) as wildcards blake mott (nsw), jason kubler (qld), akira santillan (qld), tristan schoolkate (wa), rinky hijikata (nsw), dane sweeny (qld), john-patrick smith (qld) and matt ebden ( wa).
2021 Men’s Qualifying Wildcards: January 10-13 (December 29, 2020)
akira santillan (qld)
rinky hijikata (nsw)
dane sweeny (qld)
matte ebden (wa)
blake mott (nsw)
john-patrick smith (qld)
wildcard – to be determined
players must win three qualifying matches to qualify for the main draw and all matches are best of three sets. After the event, the 16 qualifiers will be joined by six other alternate players and travel to Australia to complete a 14-day mandatory quarantine with other main draw players.
The qualifying draw will take place at 15:00 local time (gmt+3) on Saturday 9th January and will be available here.
Live scoring and qualifying live streaming, where available, will be via ausopen.com and the ao app.