BREAKING NEWS: ATP Tour suspended for six weeks due to coronavirus
- The men’s tennis tour has been called off for the next six weeks due to rising coronavirus concerns, the ATP announced.
The ATP Tour has been suspended for six weeks because of coronavirus health and safety concerns.
The decision means ATP Tour and Challenger events have been called off up to and including the week of April 20, with major tournaments including the Miami Open and Monte Carlo Masters affected.
In a statement, the tour said: "The ATP has announced a six-week suspension of the men’s professional tennis tour due to escalating health and safety issues arising from the global outbreak of COVID-19."
Other tournaments that will not take place as scheduled include the US Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston, the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech, the Barcelona Open and Budapest’s Hungarian Open.
This week’s Challenger tournaments in Nur Saltan, Kazakhstan, and Potchefstroom, South Africa, are to be abandoned.
COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday, with 124,518 cases and 4,607 deaths confirmed.Published 12 Mar 2020, 20:22 IST