WTA Charleston cancels the upcoming edition due to coronavirus

Tennis - Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Kiki Bertens, Sofia Kenin, Sloane Stephens and many other notable players should have been in the draw

by Jovica Ilic
WTA Charleston cancels the upcoming edition due to coronavirus

With a coronavirus pandemic, Indian Wells and Miami had to be canceled and there will be no tennis action at least by the end of April as well, with all the events closing the gates and turning their focus towards 2021. One of the most anticipated tournaments was the WTA Premier on Daniel Island in Charleston that should have taken place between April 4-12, with an incredible field of players in the battle for the trophy.

The defending champion Madison Keys and Garbine Muguruza were the first confirmed competitors, followed by the top-10 star Belinda Bencic and one of the most promising youngsters Amanda Anisimova who also seek the prestigious title at the only green Har-Tru clay tournament left in the calendar.

Not stopping there, the organizers announced more notable players from the very top of the WTA Tour, with world no. 1 Ashleigh Barty, Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, Kiki Bertens, Sofia Kenin and Sloane Stephens all preparing to rumble in Charleston in a couple of weeks.

Alongside four singles Major winners, the organizers had kept another big name in the sleave, adding former world no. 1 Kim Clijsters to the main draw after giving a wild card to the Belgian. "The Volvo Car Open has been monitoring the evolving COVID-19 pandemic over the past several weeks and working diligently with all of our partners to develop policies and procedures for the overall health of our players, fans, partners, staff and volunteers during their visit to Charleston.

Unfortunately, with the worldwide concern of the spread of the coronavirus, the decision to cancel the Miami Open and the travel advisory issued by the WTA Tour for players, based upon travel restrictions on Europe, we cannot move forward with the 2020 Volvo Car Open, scheduled for April 4 - 12.

We took the day to explore a variety of event scenarios, including hosting our tournament with only essential staff. However, as we are a global sporting event, this scenario is not possible. We are now offering ticket holders a full refund or credit to the next Volvo Car Open.

This decision has been made for the health and safety of our players, employees, volunteers, fans, partners and everyone associated with the Volvo Car Open."

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