Again the latent danger of the coronavirus. Due to the pandemic, the dispute of the Madrid Masters 1000, the so-called Mutua Madrid Open, is seriously at risk, according to the Spanish press.
An unavoidable appointment in the European tour prior to Roland Garros, the Madrid event this time could not be disputed. Instead of being played in May, it should take place in September 2020 after the extensive forced stoppage of the ATP circuit due to the covid-19.
Now, the Community of Madrid has sent a letter to its director, Feliciano López, in which he “discourages” the championship from taking place due to the “current situation of increasing cases” in the capital of Spain and the “unknown forecast of evolution regarding the pandemic in the city of Madrid “.
This is how it appears in the letter, which he published The confidential.“It is inadvisable to hold the tournament on September 2020, due to the aforementioned health risk that it would pose to both the public and the organization and the players,” stated the letter signed by the Deputy Minister of Public Health and the COVID Plan -19, Antonio Zapatero, on July 29.
On the table is already the dispute without an audience for the event, as well as the most drastic measure of its cancellation. In the first instance, they study how to increase security measures, so that the tennis calendar does not run out of Madrid.
This year, the tournament would be played from September 12 to 20 and is the Masters 1000 that will open the short clay season, followed by Rome and which would culminate with Roland Garros. In fact, Rafael Nadal, No. 2 in the world and local idol, is reserved to be able to dispute that appointment.