The organizers of the Mutua Madrid Open immediately gave up on finding an alternative solution to the cancellation. As Feliciano Lopez, tournament director explained, even the idea of proposing the tournament on another date would have been counterproductive.
The Spanish player does not expect many players to skip the French Open after its controversial move from spring to autumn due to the coronavirus outbreak. Despite this surprising change, the Laver Cup, a tournament that also sees the Swiss Roger Federer in the organization (through the Team8 agency), has communicated that the tournament will be held regularly and will be played on the dates initially set.
“It is an emergency situation. If it finally turns out that way, I imagine that tennis players will want to play and few people will skip (it). This change of surface has usually happened to us with Davis Cup, who went from one surface to another in less than five days.
Even at Wimbledon, because now there are three weeks away from Roland Garros, but before it was two and you went from clay to grass." 38-year-old Lopez is also tournament director of the Madrid Open: “Unfortunately we have no margin to play.
People in the organisation are sad, although the situation was not very hopeful seeing the latest events. It is a hard blow, but we are already looking at the 2021 edition. I’m doing a lot of cycling. I also have medicine balls, run where I can around here, video conferences with my coach. A little of everything and waiting to see how events unfold”.