Sunday, January 24, 2021

AO lead-in week adjusted to aid players in lockdown

Roger Federer, near court, warms up before his fourth-round match against Bernard
Tomic at Rod Laver Arena in the 2012 Australian Open. Photo by Paul Bauman
   The Australian Open lead-in week has been altered to help the 72 players in a 14-day lockdown, tournament officials announced today.
   The players — including doubles specialist Rajeev Ram, a volunteer assistant coach at the University of California, Berkeley — have been unable to leave their hotel rooms because of COVID cases on their flights to Melbourne.
   A third WTA tournament, for players who have been unable to train, will be held Feb. 3-7.
   The two ATP events and the ATP Cup were pushed back one day — to Feb. 1 and Feb. 2, respectively. Also, the singles main draws of the two ATP events were increased to 56 players each. 
  The Australian Open is scheduled for Feb. 8-21.
  Colleges — The No. 19 University of California, Berkeley, women lost at No. 2 UCLA 4-0 today in an ITA Kickoff Weekend opener postponed one day by rain.
   No. 7 Abbey Forbes of UCLA defeated No. 18 Haley Giavara 6-1, 6-3 on Court 1.
   The Bears (1-1) are scheduled to play Washington State in a consolation match on Monday at 10:30 a.m. PST. Live streaming will be available.
   The Cal men (1-1) are set to meet UNLV in an ITA Kickoff Weekend consolation match on Monday at 11 a.m. at USC (live scoring).
   UTR Pro Tennis Series — Madison Weekley, a high school junior from Alamo in the San Francisco Bay Area, fell to Skyler Grishuk, playing in her hometown, 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-5 in the fourth-place final in a $25,000 tournament in Newport Beach, Calif.
   Weekley has verbally committed to Saint Mary's in the Bay Area. 

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