This year’s Madrid Open, an event on men’s tennis’ ATP Tour and women’s tennis’ WTA Tour, has been cancelled amid rising concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic. The event had already been delayed by the ATP & WTA suspension of their tours back in March, having originally been planned to take place between May 1 and 10. The initial spike of the Covid-19 pandemic forced organisers to delay the Open until later in the year.
On Tuesday morning, the Mutua Madrid Open announced in a statement that the tournament is officially canceled.
“As an act of responsibility in view of the current situation caused by covid-19, and having thoroughly evaluated the circumstances that the pandemic continues to generate, together with the competent authorities, it has been decided that 2020 Mutua Madrid Open will not take place this year having previously been moved to 12-20 September,” the statement begins. Tournament director Feliciano Lopez helped stage a virtual, video-game Mutua Madrid Open earlier this year, and held out hope that the real thing could be held as a lead-in to Roland Garros, which along with the Internazionali BNL d’Italia is still on the ATP and WTA schedule.
After Monday’s widespread belief that the event was all but nixed, the unfortunate reality hit today.
“We have given our all to stage the tournament”, said Lopez. “After the first cancelation 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 ATP and WTA issued a joint statement on the decision, applauding the efforts of tournament organizers and stating that an updated schedule would be forthcoming. Both Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman, and Steve Simon, WTA Chairman and CEO, looked forward to the clay-court tournament’s return in 2021.