'Absolutely unprecedented': Tennis stars fume after Indian Wells cancellation shock

'Absolutely unprecedented': Tennis stars fume after Indian Wells cancellation shock

The ATP and WTA tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, has been cancelled over fears surrounding the new coronavirus outbreak, making it the first major sports event in the U.S. to be scrubbed due to health concerns.

It's the first major United States sports event to be cancelled because of concern over the virus.

Riverside County health officials said the individual with the first case of locally acquired coronavirus is being treated at Eisenhower Health in nearby Rancho Mirage after testing positive.

"The health and safety of our players, fans, staff and tournament personnel is paramount and, as the outbreak of COVID-19 continues, these are common sense precautions for us to take", the ATP and WTA said.

Officials made a decision late Sunday to cancel the tournament declaring a public health emergency. We all have to join together to protect the community from the coronavirus outbreak, ' the tournament released in a statement.

It included numerous best players in the world from the ATP Tour and WTA Tour.

The cancelation comes just hours after health officials revealed Riverside County - where the tournament is played - had it's first reported case of coronavirus.

"There is too great a risk, at this time, to the public health of the Riverside County area in holding a large gathering of this size", said David Agus, a doctor at the University of Southern California, with whom tournament organisers consulted about the potential health impact.

The decision to postpone Indian Wells was based on the guidance of medical professionals, the Centers for Disease Control and state of California officials, tournament officials said.

"We continue to monitor this closely on a daily basis, working with our players and tournaments, as well as public health authorities as the situation evolves globally".

"It is too soon to speculate about what will happen to other tournaments that follow", WTA chairman Steve Simon said on Sunday.

Before the cancellation, the tournament had offered to give refunds to anyone who had bought tickets, but did not want to attend.

Several players said they were shocked by the cancellation.

The tournament-tennis' second-biggest in the U.S. behind only the U.S. Open-was due to begin on Monday in California but tournament organizers have opted to postpone it instead. Rome Masters? French Open?

The Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix, which was scheduled to be held next month, has been called off, while the GP in Bahrain, which is scheduled for March 22, will go ahead without fans.

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