Indian Wells Masters: Postponed ‘Fifth Major’ to return after two-year absence, to be played in October

Indian Wells Masters: Postponed 'Fifth Major' to be played in October
Indian Wells Masters: Postponed 'Fifth Major' to be played in October

Indian Wells Masters: Known as the Fifth Major for its stature, the Indian Wells Masters that is held in California, US, that was postponed in March, will now be held in October, the ATP said on Thursday. The dual ATP-WTA hardcourt event was planned for March 8-21 but was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns, the second consecutive year the tournament was impacted.

Popularly known as the “Fifth Major” after the four Grand Slams, the 2020 Masters 1000 tournament was the first major professional sporting event in the United States to be cancelled last year due to the pandemic. But with vaccination stabilising the COVID-19 situation in the US, the tournament will go ahead in October.

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“Since the resumption of the Tour in August 2020, we have had to take an agile approach to the calendar with the aim of staging as many of our events as possible. Everyone in our sport has missed the Indian Wells Masters over the past two years and its return this October is great for tennis. The calendar is extremely complex and I would like to thank all events in that section of the season, as we look to accommodate these changes for the benefit of the overall sport,” said Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman.

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The tournament could affect the Asian swing with events scheduled in Beijing, Tokyo and Shanghai in October. Dominic Thiem and Bianca Andreescu are the defending champions at Indian Wells.

Apart from Indian Wells Masters, the ATP also announced fixture change for other tournaments. Stockholm Open, originally scheduled for October, has been pushed to November in the same week as the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. Kremlin Cup and European Cup will also take place alongside Stockholm Cup on November 7-13.

In other tournament news, the ATP 250 New York Open has been relocated to Dallas, Texas, from 2022.