Madrid Open tennis tournament canceled because of coronavirus pandemic

Ross Houston
August 6, 2020

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women's Tennis Association (WTA) have expressed their "disappointment" after the cancellation of the Madrid Open due to health and safety concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. "We have done our part to celebrate the tournament", he said. Feliciano López, director of the Mutua Madrid Open.

The tournament, initially to be held from May 1-10, was scheduled to take place from September 12-20.

In an official communique the organizers explain a recent decision taken by the Madrid regional government to "limit meetings and social gatherings to 10 people. made it more hard to hold the tournament".

According to a tweet by New York Times' tennis correspondent Christopher Clarey, defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal and world No. 2 Simona Halep have made a decision to remain on the Slam's entry list, with any withdrawal to happen much closer to the tournament.

"After a spike in COVID-19 cases, the community of Madrid announced a few days ago a number of new measures to control the virus' spread, including a directive that social gatherings are to be reduced to 10 people, both in public and private meetings, further reducing the feasibility of operating the tournament".

2 won his fourth US Open title past year when he beat Daniil Medvedev in the final.

"We would like to recognise the efforts of the tournament organisers who have gone to great lengths in exploring all options to run this year's tournament, despite the many challenges presented by COVID-19".

Tournament officials spent months planning safety protocal created to protect players and staff, however the risk was deemed to great.

The organisers have put into place special wavers for participants to enter the United States of America without quarantine, but already a number of high-profile players have opted to stay away, including women's No1 Ash Barty. Its new slot in September allowed it again to be a major lead-in event for the rescheduled French Open at the end of that month.

Both tours have organized their ranking points so that any player concerned about travel to, or playing in, certain cities and tournaments will not be penalized: they will retain the points won last year, or substitute a better result this year if they do choose to play. US Open 2020: From Nick Kyrgios to Ashleigh Barty, List of Players Who Have Opted Out of the Grand Slam Event. Tour-level tennis resumed only this week after a five-month break at the Palermo Ladies Open in Italy.

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