The Indian Wells Masters, which has had to cancel two straight editions due to COVID-19, will be given the breath of life in October under new ATP calendar modifications.
One of the most popular events on both the ATP and WTA Tours was not held in March, 2020, as the virus pandemic began to spread; it was also cancelled last March.
But now, the ATP is working on a second chance, with the sanctioning body announcing its one-off October rebirth in a Thursday announcement.
“Everyone in our sport has missed the BNP Paribas Open over the past two years and its return this October is great for tennis,” ATP boss Andrea Gaudenzi said in a statement.
“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.”
In addition to resurrecting the Californian desert event where players are treated like minor royalty, the Tour has other solutions in mind for the final weeks of the 2021 season.
Hints were dropped that a three-week run of autumn events in Asia are in the pipeline, though no details were revealed.
In addition, October Tour 250 tournaments in Stockholm, Moscow and Antwerp will all be played November 7-13, clashing with the NextGen Finals in Milan.
The February New York event has also found a new home in Dallas during that month beginning in 2022.