Bordeaux Challenger cancelled due to coronavirus

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Bordeaux Challenger cancelled due to coronavirus

The Bordeaux Challenger organizers have decided to cancel this year's event due to the coronavirus outbreak, per We Love Tennis France. Last Thursday, the ATP suspended the Tour for six weeks due to the coronavirus. The Tour is due to continue on April 27 but many doubt that the Tour will indeed continue after the six-week suspension expires.

The belief around the Tour is that the whole clay season will eventually get called off and that the season may continue in June, when the grass season starts. The Bordeaux Challenger had been scheduled to start in just less than two months from now but the organizers still decided to call it off.

The Bordeaux event won't take place from May 11-17 as the tournament organizers decided to put the health and safety of all parties involved at the first place. However, the tournament organizers added they hope that the event will once again be staged in 2021.

Over the last decade, some notable players featured at the Bordeaux Challenger. Former world No. 7 Richard Gasquet won it all at the Bordeaux Challenger in 2010, while world No. 9 Gael Monfils went all the way at the tournament in 2013.

Lucas Pouille, a 2019 Australian Open semifinalist, played in Bordeaux last May and ended up victorious after beating Swede Mikael Ymer in the final. Former world No. 69 Thanasi Kokkinakis earned the Bordeaux main glory in 2015, while rising American star Reilly Opelka claimed the title in 2018.

Due to its date in the calendar, the Bordeaux Challenger is a good spot for the players who want some extra preparation ahead of the French Open.