The Madrid Open will not be played and the whole season trembles

The Madrid team, which was to open the European season (13-20 September) after the US Open, has made the decision. The entire campaign is in doubt.


The Madrid Open will not be held this year. The organization of the tournament will make it official, predictably, throughout the day. And the tennis season trembles, with more and more stones on the way. The combined event of the Caja Mágica, which was to be held from September 13 to 20, of Masters 1,000 category for the ATP and Premier Mandatory for the WTA (second level after the Grand Slams), was to open the European season of the men's circuit and both Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic had confirmed their presence.

The Community of Madrid, through the Antonio Zapatero Deputy Public Health Council (champion of Spain's master's degree in tennis and former director of the IFEMA campaign hospital) made it known in a letter a few days ago to Feliciano López, director of the tournament, that he "advised against "the event due to the impossibility of guaranteeing health security. In Madrid more than 20 regrowths of COVID-19.

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The official position of the authorities has tipped the balance towards the 'no' of Ion Tiriac, owner of the tournament, which causes a great upheaval to ATP and WTA, but protects their economy. The option was to play with or without 30% of the public. And they could not guarantee conditions of 'health bubble' in a tournament that distributes more than 12 million euros in prizes. Unlike Rome (September 20-27), where the tournament belongs to the Italian Federation, in Madrid the promoter is private.

After the cancellation of Washington, the mixed event of Cincinnati (August 22-28) and the US Open (August 31-September 13) continue, but in the bubble created by the USTA between an airport hotel and the National Tennis Center. With strict sanitary measures. From there, the tennis players would immediately travel to Madrid, where the Higher Sports Council guaranteed entry to athletes from any country, as it has done with the Motorcycle World Cup. But Italy maintains the quarantine obligation for travelers who do not come from the European Union. Between the US Open and Rome (September 21-27) there is only one week, so the tennis players are concerned about flying to the US without knowing if they will be able to play in Rome later.

Everything, before Roland Garros (September 27-October 11), who wants to play with 60% of the public. And, from there, the emptiness. ATP has not announced any more dates and the WTA has seen China banning seven events it had set. The option remains to continue in Europe after Paris to save the Masters (November 11-22), which injects money into the ATP economy. But the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid, scheduled for the following week, have already fallen. Tennis is prey to its globalization by COVID.

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