After days of speculation, the Madrid Masters confirmed today that the re-scheduled September 13 event will not take space due to the ongoing concerns with COVID-19 in Spain.
In a statement, the event said, “Following the strong recommendation of the local health authorities, and having monitored the situation for months, the organisers of the Mutua Madrid Open have no choice but to cancel the tournament due to the complex situation that covid-19 continues to generate in every regard.”
Said ATP CEO Andrea Gaudenzi, “We share in the disappointment that the Mutua Madrid Open will not be able to take place this year. The circumstances concerning COVID-19 are continually evolving and we continue to take guidance from local authorities in our decision-making. I would like to thank the Mutua Madrid Open tournament organisers for their efforts to run this year’s event, which included the rescheduling of their dates from May to September, and we look forward to the event’s successful return in 2021.”
The ATP/WTA tournament was to begin the very next day after the US Open. So might players who didn’t want to miss Madrid or make such a quick transition from hard to clay no be more open to playing in New York?
There are rumors Kitzbuhel, which is currently the second week of the US Open, could also move into Madrid’s vacated week.
An entry list from the US Open was expected to be released yesterday, but perhaps the event was waiting on news from Madrid allowing players more time to make a decision.
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.
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