TENNIS

Madrid Open cancelled due to coronavirus

Madrid Open tournaments were unable to guarantee the tournament could be staged safely next month.

Madrid Open cancelled due to coronavirus

The 2020 Madrid Open will not be staged this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. September 12-20 were the revised dates for the prestigious tournament to be held after it was originally due to take place from 1-10 May. It emerged last week that local health authorities had advised Madrid Open organisers to cancel the event next month due to the "complex situation that Covid-19 continues to generate".

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. Organisers on Tuesday confirmed the tournament at the Caja Mágica, due to start a fortnight before the French Open, has been cancelled and the 2021 edition will be held from 30 April to 9 May.

Madrid Open director Feliciano López said: "We have given our all to stage the tournament. After the first cancellation in May, we got to work on the September date with the hope of being able to enjoy first-class tennis in the Caja Mágica during this year which has been so hard for everyone. However, the continued instability is still too great to hold a tournament like this in complete safety. Once again, we would like to thank the Madrid City Council and all of our sponsors and suppliers for being by our side during every step we have taken."

The cancellation means there will be no WTA Premier Mandatory events this year; with Indian Wells, the Miami Open and China Open already having been scrapped.

It is another big blow in a week that has seen WTA Tour action return at the Palermo Open. The ATP Tour is set to resume in New York on August 22 at the Western and Southern Open. The US Open is then scheduled to start at Flushing Meadows on 31 August.