Mutua Madrid Open Cancelled Due To COVID-19

Denis Shapovalov

However, if the tournament were to be rescheduled for the week that was originally to feature the Spanish event, it would open up choices for the players.

"As an act of responsibility in view of the current situation caused by COVID-19 and having thoroughly evaluated the circumstances that the pandemic continues to generate, it has been decided that 2020 Mutua Madrid Open will not take place this year", organisers said in a statement.

A spike in coronavirus cases has since prompted new measures to control the spread of the virus to be introduced, including a directive that social gatherings are to be reduced to 10 people - both in public and private meetings.

"Madrid's tournament director Feliciano Lopez, who had received official intimation regarding the Community of Madrid's advice about not playing this year said, "...

"The next edition of the Mutua Madrid Open will take place from 30 April to 9 May 2021 in the Caja Mágica".

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 chose to remain on the Slam's entry list, with any withdrawal to happen much closer to the tournament.

Nadal joins a host of players to withdraw from the US Open, which includes Australia's Nick Kyrgios, women's world number one Ashleigh Barty, 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and China's Qiang Wang. "The continued instability is still too great to hold a tournament like this in complete safety". However, for Kitzbuhel, these dates clash with the US Open's second week leaving those players wanting to play both in NY and in Austria conflicted about the available options and their choices.

Madrid's cancellation also means none of the four Premier Mandatory events - Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid and Beijing - will take place on the hard-hit WTA Tour.

"All my respects to the United States Tennis Association, the US Open organisers and the ATP for trying to put the event together for the players and the fans around the world through television".

It is another big blow in a week that has seen WTA Tour action return at the Palermo Open.

With the Shanghai Masters already cancelled, just Rome and Paris Bercy remain on the Masters schedule, along with the ATP Finals for the top eight-if it goes ahead. Even if they get the green light-and rising infection levels in many parts of Europe make that a big "if"-it looks inevitable that they will all be held behind closed doors".

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