Karen Khachanov returns to Russia, says health comes at first place



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Karen Khachanov returns to Russia, says health comes at first place

World No. 15 Karen Khachanov has left the United States and returned to Russia after the Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami got called off. On Thursday, the ATP announced it was suspending the men's professional Tour for at least the next six weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Khachanov, 23, may be disappointed because there won't be any events in the next month and a half but he is aware that health is the top priority. "Just arrived back home to Russia. Coronavirus pandemic has been announced, all tennis tournaments have been cancelled for six weeks.

This situation leaves no one indifferent. The health and lives of people is the most important thing," Khachanov said in a Twitter post. Khachanov, a former world No. 8, played three events in each of the opening two months of the 2020 season.

Khachanov and the rest of the Russian team had a solid run at the inaugural ATP Cup, where they made the semifinal before losing 2-1 to eventual champions Serbia. Khachanov then picked up several early round exits, before he made the Dubai quarterfinal in his last tournament played.