The Miami Open tennis event that was scheduled to begin later this month was cancelled Thursday due to the brand new coronavirus outbreak. ATP suspends males’s skilled tennis tour for six weeks due to coronavirus issues.
The event had been scheduled for March 23 to April 5 on the NFL Dolphins’ stadium complicated in Miami Gardens. The event moved there final 12 months from its former residence on Key Biscayne.
Virtually the entire world’s prime gamers had been scheduled to take part besides for Roger Federer, who’s recovering from arthroscopic surgical procedure on his proper knee.
It’s the second prime tennis event affected in 5 days. The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, was postponed Sunday, lower than 24 hours earlier than qualifying matches have been scheduled to start.
With Miami-Dade County beneath a state of emergency, Mayor Carlos Gimenez introduced the cancellation of the Miami Open, together with a county youth truthful and all main occasions on the Miami Heat’s enviornment. Two giant music festivals in Miami have been canceled earlier this month.
For most individuals, the brand new coronavirus causes solely gentle or reasonable signs, comparable to fever and cough. For some, particularly older adults and folks with present well being issues, it may trigger extra extreme sickness, together with pneumonia.
The Miami Open attracts followers from all around the world, which compounded well being issues. Last 12 months’s attendance totaled 388,734, probably the most in event historical past. Tournament officers estimated the financial affect for South Florida at $390 million.
The subsequent scheduled event bigger than the Miami Open is the French Open, the second Grand Slam occasion of the 12 months, set to start May 24 in Paris.
Qualifying on the Miami Open was scheduled to start March 23, with the primary essential draw matches the next day.