News ID: 272321
Published: 0225 GMT August 01, 2020

Madrid Open in doubt over rise in COVID cases in Spain

Madrid Open in doubt over rise in COVID cases in Spain
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The Madrid Open looks to be under threat after organizers were advised by the Spanish Health Ministry not to hold the event because of the city's "deteriorating" coronavirus situation.

The clay-court event is set to start in the Spanish capital on September 12, BBC Sport reported.

Organizers said they are "analyzing and closely evaluating all the possible options."

Spanish world No. 2 Rafael Nadal is among the players who have signed up to the Madrid Open.

Spain has recorded more than 288,000 cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, and 28,445 deaths, according to the latest figures on Friday.

Data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) show the rate of infection in Spain is rising rapidly again.

"Due to the increase in cases of COVID-19 in Madrid in recent days, the organizers stated their concerns about being able to stage the tournament free from health complications that might affect the players, fans and staff," said a Madrid Open statement.

"In view of this situation, the organizers 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."

Tournament owner Ion Tiriac will make the final decision on whether to hold the event, which is set to be held as part of a reduced European clay-court season leading up to the French Open.

The French Open is scheduled to start on September 27, with organizers hoping to allow up to 60 percent of crowd capacity at Roland Garros.

The professional tours resumed on Saturday when the WTA event in Palermo began, with the ATP Tour returning later this month with the Cincinnati Masters.

That event is being held in a safety bubble in New York from August 22, immediately before the US Open takes place at Flushing Meadows on August 31.

 

 

 

   
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