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Apparently a new 250 in Santiago, Chile will take over the February date. The São Paulo tournament will move the date to November. There aren't any 250s in November -- just ATP Finals, NextGen Finals and Davis Cup -- so this is quite unusual.


Google translation of news item on Bolamarela website
The Brasil Open, a Brazilian tournament that is part of the ATP circuit, will change its date from 2020. The competition, which would initially be out of the loop in 2020, will reach its 20th edition, but from next year will be played in November. The Brasil Open will be replaced by another ATP 250 tournament in Santiago, Chile, last week of February. The organization promises to go further with the new edition in the near future.
Portuguese speakers, please let us know if there's anything else in the original texts or other sources (everything I saw on Twitter is not in English).
 
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Not a bad idea actually if the point is to attract players mostly from South America ranked below 15-20. Will be a weak 250 though.
 

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Most probably will be the weakest field in the calendar, even worse than Newport or Antalya. Expect guys like Elahi Galan to make a direct entry.
 

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Which means Fognini will have something to play to get rid of his rust rather than biting his finger nails in November.

Not a bad idea actually if the point is to attract players mostly from South America ranked below 15-20. Will be a weak 250 though.
A majority will be ranked below 50. The top 50 will be featuring in Paris masters in the first week of November.
 

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Will probably end up being a challenger level field, I really can't see many top 100 players playing clay court tournaments in November, which in itself is ridiculous.

I'm not a fan of these clay court tournaments post Wimbledon as it is, but November is taking it too far, just gives more clay specialists a chance to overinflate their ranking even more
 

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Or the revamped Davis Cup, especially if it will be held on clay for a particular year like in Madrid for the years 2019 and 2020, may motivate players to go there, get some hitting, and get ready.

Davis Cup in 2021 will likely undergo venue rotation and be held on hardcourt.
 

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Which means Fognini will have something to play to get rid of his rust rather than biting his finger nails in November.



A majority will be ranked below 50. The top 50 will be featuring in Paris masters in the first week of November.
I didn't read that it was the same week as Paris, so I assumed it would be the week the ATP Finals is played? Would make more sense.
 

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It is good tough that the ATP Sao Paulo in February is replaced by Santiago where there used to be an ATP tournament. With Garin and Jarry, Chilean tennis is back on the map, and it is nice to have an atp tournament there, at least there will be spectators, not like in Sao Paulo where the stadium was almost empty.
 

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Not sure whether it's a good idea, it would be like fighting for scraps at the end of the season. There are loads of challenger tournaments already where some players fight it out for an AO main draw spot. Maybe during the week between Paris and WTF?
 

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This is not a 250 event they are talkng about -- it's gone to Santiago. What they will do in Sao Paulo on the week of Pique Cup Finals is, at best, a Challenger event or even just a local tournament.
 

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This is not a 250 event they are talkng about -- it's gone to Santiago. What they will do in Sao Paulo on the week of Pique Cup Finals is, at best, a Challenger event or even just a local tournament.
It will most likely be a challenger or similar kind of small event, because Paris masters has been the last event of the Race on the ATP calendar over the years.

Pique Cup is already held on hardcourts, there will be no change in this regard.
I wasn't following the reformed Davis Cup news closely. Since there are using the same Madrid Open venue for the Davis Cup in 2019, I thought it would be played on clay. No, you're right, Davis Cup 2019 is being played on indoor hard courts, which will be laid over clay at Madrid Open venue.
 

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There were rumors of the entire SA clay swing moving to November/December due to it being summer there at the time, but I don't like it. Everyone is on holiday in that time
 

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There were rumors of the entire SA clay swing moving to November/December due to it being summer there at the time, but I don't like it. Everyone is on holiday in that time
Well, that is when it was played back in the Star rating era. But the calendar was structured a bit differently.
 

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is it the week of NextGen finals? Only time it would make sense. Though would still be absolutely bizarre in location, and even weirder if it stays clay.
 
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