The Basel ATP 500 tournament, initially scheduled for October 24 to November 1, was canceled “due to medical, social and economic uncertainty” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization announced Tuesday.
“The ATP officially approved the cancellation request from Basel. The organization of the tournament had already declared in mid-June that it would be irresponsible and unrealistic to organize the event due to the medical, social and economic uncertainty linked to the situation,” the organization explained. in a statement, AFP reports.
The 50th edition of the tournament won 10 times by local Roger Federer will then be played only from October 23 to 31, 2021. With the tennis season stopped since mid-March due to the pandemic, the ATP – the men’s circuit – set the resumption in mid-August in the United States, in Washington, with a chain of competitions that includes the US Open (August 31-September 13) behind closed doors and Roland Garros (September 27-October 11), with an audience (up to 20,000 spectators in all the venue during the first rounds).