The Miami Open, planned to begin later this month, was canceled Thursday due to the coronavirus flare-up.
The competition had been scheduled for March 23 to April 5 at the Dolphins’ stadium complex in Miami Gardens. The competition moved there a year ago from its previous home on Key Biscayne.
All the world’s top players had been planned to take an interest aside from Roger Federer, who is recuperating from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
It’s the second top tennis competition influenced in five days. The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, was delayed Sunday, under 24 hours before qualifying matches were planned to start.
With Miami-Dade County under a state of emergency, Mayor Carlos Gimenez reported the cancellation of the Miami Open, alongside a province youth fair and all major events at the Miami Heat’s field. Two huge music festivals in Miami were canceled earlier this month.
“We were looking forward to hosting another world-class event, but our priority remains the health and safety of everyone involved in the Miami Open, including the South Florida community,” tournament director James Blake said in a statement. “As a former player and now tournament director, I understand how disappointing it is for the players, fans, partners and tournament staff who worked tirelessly to get the site ready.”
Blake said they are anticipating returning in 2021.
For the vast majority, the coronavirus causes just mild or moderate symptoms, for example, fever and cough. For a few, particularly older adults and individuals with existing health issues, it can cause more serious diseases, including pneumonia.
The Miami Open draws fans from everywhere throughout the world, which intensified health concerns. A year ago’s participation totaled 388,734, the most in competition history. Competition authorities estimated the economic effect for South Florida at $390 million.
The next planned competition bigger than the Miami Open is the French Open, the second Grand Slam occasion of the year, set to start May 24 in Paris.
Qualifying at the Miami Open was planned to start March 23, with the primary fundamental draw matches the next day.
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