Mutua Madrid Open opts for wait-and-watch approach, no cancellations yet



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Mutua Madrid Open opts for wait-and-watch approach, no cancellations yet

Uncertain as the future of the 2020 Mutua Madrid Open has become, the tournament is still hopeful of the situation getting resolved. As such, the tournament organisers have said that they are still monitoring the situation vis-à-vis the Covid-19 pandemic and are yet not inclined towards an outright cancellation.

On Saturday, the Mutua Madrid Open released a media note clarifying their stand about the event’s September schedule. The media release also pointedly noted that the final decision regarding it being held will be taken by the tournament owner, Ion Tiriac and its license holder, Super Slam Ltd.

Mutua Madrid Open disclined towards cancellation, as yet

“…In view of this situation, the organisers of the Mutua Madrid Open requested the help of Antonio Zapatero, Deputy Secretary of Public Health, and were advised not to stage the tournament due to the current trend of covid-19 cases,” the tournament’s press statement said.

“…At all times, the organisers of the Mutua Madrid Open have valued the support of the competent health organisations in the Community of Madrid and have heeded the opinion of experts, while always reserving the right to make the final decision on the staging of the Mutua Madrid Open… The final decision on the staging of the 2020 Mutua Madrid Open will fall to Ion Tiriac and Super Slam Ltd., the tournament’s licence holder”.

The Mutua Madrid Open’s statement comes a day after Spanish news portal El Confidencial reported that the Comunidad de Madrid (Community of Madrid) had written to the tournament director, Feliciano Lopez with a recommendation that the event not be held this year.

The Community of Madrid has fears that given the second wave of the pandemic in the Spanish capital if the tournament were held, it could “pose a risk for the public, the organisation, and the players”. Taking cognisance of this letter, Tiriac, in his press release, had said, “…We will work closely… to see what the safest way can be to organise the event as the deadline gets closer, we will take a final decision taking into account the possible impact of the new safety measures.

For this reason, we are for the moment collaborating with ATP, WTA and local authorities to assess the situation and will come to a final decision as soon as possible”. Before this development, the Mutua Madrid Open had received participation confirmation from world no. 2 and former champion Rafael Nadal.