Health authorities recommend not organizing the Madrid Open after the increase in COVID-19 cases

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MADRID, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Community of Madrid health authorities have recommended the organizers of the Madrid Open not to organize the tournament next month due to the increase in cases of COVID-19 in the Spanish capital, so they are evaluating his options, the organization reported Saturday.

The Madrid Open, which was rescheduled for its celebration from September 12 to 20 and has both male and female matches, is an important tournament for the French Open, which will begin on September 27.

“The organizers of the Mutua Madrid Open have been in close communication with the competent health agencies of the Community of Madrid (…) and with the Higher Sports Council (CSD),” the organizers indicated in a statement on their website. of the event.

“At the last meeting, held on July 29, and due to the increase in cases of COVID-19 in Madrid in recent days, the organizers of the Mutua Madrid Open expressed their doubts about being able to hold the tournament without health complications affecting to players, public and workers. “

“In this situation, the organizers of the Mutua Madrid Open requested the help of Antonio Zapatero, deputy minister of Public Health (of Madrid), and received the recommendation not to hold the tournament due to the current evolution of COVID-19,” they concluded.

The organizers added that they planned to make a decision early enough “as they could not ensure a positive evolution of that situation in the coming weeks.”

Spain has registered more than 306,370 cases of the new coronavirus.

“Given these recommendations (…) the organizers of the Mutua Madrid Open are analyzing and evaluating all possible options in detail, always thinking of guaranteeing the safety of all members of the tournament.”

“The final decision on the holding of the Mutua Madrid Open 2020 will rest with Ion Tiriac and Super Slam Ltd., owner of the tournament license,” they said.

The professional tennis season is slated to resume after a five-month hiatus due to the pandemic with the WTA Palermo Women’s Open to be held Monday in the Sicilian capital.

(Information from Shrivathsa Sridhar from Bengaluru; edited by Ken Ferris; translated by Darío Fernández in the Gdansk newsroom)

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