The Luxembourg Open has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak as the tournament organizers made an honest statement and confessed there were doubts whether they could stage the event with a "clear conscience."
The tennis season has been suspended since mid-March and the expectation is that there won't be any Tour events taking place until at least August. The Luxembourg Open -- a WTA Premier event staged in Kockelscheuer -- was scheduled to take place from October 19-25 but the tournament organizers didn't want to wait and to give themselves or the local fans some kind of false hope.
We regret to inform you that this year's edition of the BGL BNP PARIBAS LUXEMBOURG OPEN won't take place. Please read the message below 👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/gzmgXjQyCV — BGL BNP PARIBAS OPEN (@WTAluxembourg) June 5, 2020
That's a case I didn't think about: tennis tournaments refusing to be staged because of the safety regulations...
The Luxembourg Open organizers switch focus on 2021
"The sanitary crisis brought about by Covid-19 has put us all in a unique situation these past few weeks.
It is with deep regret that we have to inform you today that the recommendations concerning the new rules by the WTA for the 2020 edition do not allow us to organize this year's tournament with a clear conscience and in alignment with your expectations.
The regulations regarding safety and hygiene make it impossible for us to hold an event that would adhere to these conditions. We are therefore forced to postpone the 25th anniversary edition of the WTA tournament in Kockelscheuer until the autumn of 2021," Tournament Director Danielle Maas said in a statement released.
"Our joint effort has not been in vain as having to forgo and having to cancel are by no means the same.
Therefore, filled with motivation, we look to the coming year certain that we will be able to organize a successful anniversary edition!
"We would like to thank you for your understanding and remain with sporty regards."
Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, made it all the way at the Luxembourg Open last year after thrashing Julia Goerges 6-4 6-1 in the final. After winning the title, Ostapenko said: "Of course it’s great to finish the season with winning a title, especially in the last tournament.
I enjoyed this week so much, and I think I played really well today. I just like to finish the year this way." It remains to be seen if there will be any problems with staging the Luxembourg Open next year.