The big tennis tournament the BNP Paribas Open by 2020 in Indian Wells - which unofficially counted as the 'fifth grand slam' - has been cancelled due to coronaviruses.
It shall notify the organizers on the night of Monday Danish time.
the Decision comes after a local case of coronavirus has been confirmed.
- There is currently too big a risk for public health in Riverside County and the region thereabouts by bringing together so many people, says David Agus, professor of medicine at the University of Southern California, in a message.
- It is not in neither the spectators, the players or the surrounding areas of interest to complete the tournament. We must all stand together to protect the community against outbreak of the coronavirus.
Indian Wells 2020 should have been settled from Tuesday 10. march and up to the 22. march.
It attracts year after year the best tennis players and a lot of people.
Turneringsdirektør and former top player Tommy Haas says in a press release that he is 'very disappointed that the tournament will not take place'.
However, he keeps an open door:
- We are ready to hold the tournament at a different time and is currently studying the possibilities, says Tommy Haas in the message.
The california tournament is the first of a total of nine Masters 1000 tournaments, which rank below the sport's most prestigious tournaments, the four grand slam tournaments.
Among other things was names as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem to play on herresiden in the year. On the female lines was the industry's top names like Ash Well, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka ready. The now-retired Danish tennis champion Caroline Wozniacki won the tournament in 2011.
the Spectators will be able to get a refund of their tickets.
on Wednesday declared California's governor, Gavin Newsom, state of emergency, in the united states because of coronaviruses.
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