On Thursday, Italian Open confirmed to follow the same safety protocols as of US Open, which is to hold the tournament behind closed doors.
However, The French Open, which is planned in the last week of September confirms to get underway with 60% spectators, besides The Mutua Madrid Open also confirmed to welcome 30% of them.
But now, however the situation has put the tournament in danger and has left The Mutua Madrid Open on the verge of cancellation.
Madrid Open on the verge of cancellation
Spain was one of the worst-hit countries by COVID-19. But thankfully at present, the situation there is under control. But as the cases again rapidly rising worldwide, the Deputy Minister of Public Health sent a letter to director Feliciano Lopez.
It mentioned, “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 from Deputy Minister of Public Health Antonio Zapatero.
Also, the health committee has asked the tournament to make the ‘most appropriate decision shortly.’ They are yet to decide regarding the same.
If the tournament cancelled, it can be a problem for our current World No.2 Rafael Nadal, who has announced his participation on European clay court rather then defending his crown in US Open.
Lopez, earlier said, ”Government of Madrid was happy by their strict protocols in terms of safety for players and fans”.
But, we guess they organizers have to reconsider their statement. Whatever happens, all we hope is it happens in the interest of health and safety of all.