The Madrid Open that was once scheduled to happen from September 12-20 has been cancelled due to the upward push of Covid-19 circumstances within the Spanish capital, organisers mentioned on Tuesday.
Initially scheduled to be performed in May sooner than the pandemic close down recreation, the event was once to characteristic each males’s and ladies’s attracts and was once noticed as crucial claycourt tournament for gamers to get ready for the French Open which starts on Sept. 27.
Organisers mentioned they’d created a ‘bubble’ to minimise the danger of spreading the radical coronavirus however over the weekend they had been prompt by means of native well being government now not to level the event subsequent month. The event’s destiny was once sealed when a directive was once issued that mentioned “social gatherings are to be reduced to 10 people”.
“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 (the) 2020 Mutua Madrid Open will not take place this year,” organisers mentioned in a observation.
Spain, probably the most worst-affected international locations when the pandemic first hit Europe previous this yr, has recorded just about 315,000 showed circumstances and over 28,400 deaths thus far, in accordance to a Reuters tally.
Both the ATP and WTA Tours launched a joint observation announcing the verdict was once taken in step with native government due to “health and safety concerns” and so they had been reassessing the calendar for the remainder of the yr.
“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,” they mentioned in a observation. “Both tours are assessing updates to the 2020 provisional calendars in regards to events following the U.S. Open, and an update will be published in due course.”
The US Open is scheduled to be performed from August 31 to September 13.