Organisers told not to hold Madrid Open amid surge in Covid-19 cases


“In view of this situation, the organisers 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.”

The organisers added that they were keen to make a decision in good time as it was “impossible to guarantee a positive change in this situation in the coming weeks.”

Spain has recorded more than 306,370 cases of the novel coronavirus.

“In light of the advice… the organisers… are analysing and closely evaluating all the possible options, while always focusing on guaranteeing the safety of all those involved,” they added.

“The final decision… will fall to Ion Tiriac and Super Slam Ltd., the tournament’s licence holder.”

The professional tennis season is scheduled to restart after a five-month shutdown due to the pandemic with the WTA’s Palermo Ladies Open in the Sicilian capital on Monday.