“We are very disappointed, but security is what matters most,” says Feliciano López, director of the Mutua Madrid Open.
The men’s circuit (ATP) and the women’s circuit (WTA) confirmed on Wednesday the suspension of their calendar until June 7, so the Masters 1000 in Madrid and Rome, both on clay, cannot be played on the scheduled dates. The men’s tournaments in Munich, Estoril, Geneva and Lyon are also off the agenda, as well as the women’s tournaments in Strasbourg and Rabat.
“The coronavirus challenges require the greatest collaboration ever seen by everyone in the tennis community, with the goal of collectively overcoming this moment in the best interest of players, tournaments, and fans,” explained the ATP and WTA, which They will freeze the ranking during said period.
The statement from both levels specifies that this is not the time to act “unilaterally, but in a coordinated manner” and underlines the importance of collaboration with the International Federation (ITF) and the four Grand Slam tournaments.
One of the most affected in the short term is the Mutua Madrid Open. “We are very disappointed by the cancellation, but the health of the fans, players and workers is what matters most at the moment,” said Feliciano López, director of the Madrid event.
“Without a doubt, it is the saddest situation we have experienced in these 19 years,” acknowledged Manolo Santana, honorary president of the tournament. “These are very difficult times and the only thing we have left is to appeal to responsibility and be strong to hope that this whole situation will normalize as soon as possible,” added the Wimbledon champion in 1966.