BNP Paribas Open won't be played because of the coronavirus

BNP Paribas Open won't be played because of the coronavirus

"Safety remains a top priority, and we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely with local, state and federal officials and health organizations in the lead up to the tournament", the tournament said in a statement.

Earlier in the week, tournament organizers announced several measures to protect players, fans and staff at the event. However, the management team, headed by tournament director and former world No2 Tommy Haas, had already offered refunds to any tickets holders who had doubts about travelling there amid the current coronavirus emergency, and had alsoissued a swathe of regulations for players and officials in an attempt to alleviate the spread.

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"I'm shook", Canadian tennis star Denis Shapovalov wrote on his Twitter page. Worldwide, there have been 109,400 cases and 3,800 deaths.

Health officials in California said there was "too great a risk" to hold a "large gathering of this size".

"It is not in the public interest of fans, players and neighbouring areas for this tournament to proceed". Based on the medical advice received on March 8, it is with regret that the 2020 BNP Paribas Open will not be held as scheduled this March. Larry Ellison, the tech tycoon and co-founder of Oracle, bought the event and the tournament complex, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, in 2009.

One of the biggest tournaments in tennis has been called off as the new coronavirus outbreak continues to wreak havoc globally.

Following Miami, the tours head to Europe for the beginning of the clay court season.

The French Open is the next Grand Slam on the tennis calendar with the red-dirt tournament set to start 24 May and organisers insisted over the weekend that they have no "postponement or cancellation" plans at this stage.

"Was really looking forward to playing in @BNPParibasOpen, but health and safety must come first", she said. While it was a possibility, Steve Simon, chief executive of the WTA Tour, shared that it didn't push through.

"We were supportive of the concept", Simon said.

The illness affects the respiratory tract and can be transmitted through coughing, sneezing and contact with those infected or with surfaces where the virus is present.

Thus, there would be 250 disinfection posts and players would have to carry their own towels, and a chair at the back of the tracks so they could place them.

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