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By Richard Pagliaro | Monday, August 3, 2020

 
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The Mutua Madrid Open, postponed until September, will officially cancel in the coming days due to concerns over Coronavirus resurgence in Madrid.

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Coronavirus concerns will wipe Madrid off the tennis calendar.

The Mutua Madrid Open is expected to officially announce its cancellation in the coming days, Spanish media reports.

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ATP Player Council president Novak Djokovic informed fellow players of the impending Madrid cancellation via chat, Spanish sports site Marca reports.

In an official update on Saturday, the tournament said Deputy Minister of Public Health Antonio Zapatero and government officials advised against hosting the Mutua Madrid Open next month due to the spike in COVID-19 cases in the area.

The Mutua Madrid Open, originally scheduled for May, was rescheduled for September 13-20th as a prelude to Rome and Roland Garros.

However, now Madrid will join Washington, DC as the latest tournament Coronavirus casualty.

"In the last meeting, on 29 July, due to the increase in cases of Covid-19 in Madrid in recent days, the organizers of the Mutua Madrid Open stated their concerns about being able to stage the tournament free from health complications that might affect the players, fans and staff," the tournament said in a statment. "In view of this situation, the organisers of the Mutua Madrid Open requested the help of Antonio Zapatero, Deputy Secretary of Public Health, and were advised not to stage the tournament due to the current trend of Covid-19 cases."



Ultimately, Madrid owner, billionaire Ion Tiriac, will make the final call on staging the Masters clay-court tournament. Madrid is expected to officially cancel in the coming days.

The repercussions now shift to Rome, scheduled for September 20-27th.

The US Open is scheduled to end on September 13th. Under an agreement with Spanish government officials, players traveling from New York City to Madrid for the Mutua Madrid Open reportedly would not have faced any quarantine coming from the United States.

At the moment, the same agreement does not exist with Italian officials so it's uncertain if players leaving the US Open and flying directly to Rome would face a possible quarantine.

 

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