In the first real public statement from new head of the ATP, chairman Andrea Gaudenzi is optimistic the men’s tour will continue despite the Coronavirus concern and the cancellation of Indian Wells.
“While we regret that the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells will not take place, the ATP Tour calendar beyond Indian Wells remains as status quo,” Gaudenzi said. “We continue to monitor the situation daily, working closely with our player and tournament members with the understanding that direction must be taken from local public health authorities. We are committed to exploring all options for the operation of upcoming tournaments as the health and safety of our players and all other stakeholders remain our top priority. Any further updates will be communicated on ATP platforms.”
Gaudenzi made it clear the the tour will explore options as needed, and that might include moving tournaments, modifying draw sizes and playing with fans.
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