ATP suspends men’s tour for six weeks over COVID-19

Published March 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Agence France-Presse

The ATP announced Thursday it was suspending the men’s tennis tour for six weeks “due to escalating health and safety issues” arising from the coronavirus  (COVID-19) pandemic.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 16, 2019 a general view of Stadium 1 as Roger Federer of Switzerland plays against Dominic Thiem of Austria during their men's singles final on day fourteen of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 17, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. - The ATP and WTA tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, has been cancelled over concerns about the worldwide outbreak of the new coronavirus, organizers said March 8, 2020. The tournament, one of the biggest outside the four Grand Slams, was due to begin on Wednesday. But organizers opted to cancel after the the health department of California's Riverside County declared a public health emergency for the Coachella Valley after a confirmed case of COVID-19 locally. (Photo by CLIVE BRUNSKILL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)
The ATP and WTA tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, has been cancelled over concerns about the worldwide outbreak of the new coronavirus, organizers said March 8, 2020. (Photo by CLIVE BRUNSKILL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

The virus, which has so far infected more than 127,000 people globally and killed over 4,600, according to an AFP tally, is wreaking havoc on the tennis calendar and global sport.

The ATP announcement came shortly after the cancellation of the Miami Open, which followed the axing of the Indian Wells tournament in California.

Next month’s Fed Cup tennis finals in Budapest have been postponed.

“This is not a decision that was taken lightly,” said ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi.

“However, we believe this is the responsible action needed at this time in order to protect the health and safety of our players, staff, the wider tennis community and general public health in the face of this global pandemic.”

 
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