The BNP Paribas Open is among the largest tennis tournaments on the earth. It’s additionally the newest in a rising record of canceled sporting occasions because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Match organizers introduced the choice Sunday evening after a case of coronavirus was recognized within the Coachella Valley, the place the Indian Wells Tennis Backyard is positioned. The choice was made in session with native well being care professionals and steering from the CDC, based on the assertion.
Initially, organizers had meant to carry the BNP Paribas Open as deliberate, saying as not too long ago as Thursday that the match would take precautions to guard rivals and attendees. However the confirmed analysis modified these plans, leaving many gamers shocked as a majority of the rivals had already traveled to Indian Wells to start coaching. The occasion was scheduled to start Monday with qualifying rounds, with the principle draw scheduled for Wednesday.
Steve Simon, chief govt of the WTA Tour, instructed the New York Occasions organizers had checked out taking part in the occasion with out spectators, however finally determined towards it.
“We had been supportive of the idea, however finally the match didn’t really feel it was of their greatest curiosity.”
Typically dubbed the “fifth slam” for its mammoth turnout and prize pool, the BNP Paribas Open is now the most important sporting occasion in america to be canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak. There was no announcement as as to if the match can be rescheduled.