The Indian Wells tennis tournament, the first 1,000 Masters of the season, which began this week in the US, was suspended for fear of contagion with coronavirus from participants and assistants. Tournament director Tommy Haas said in a statement released on Twitter by the BNP Paribas Open 2020 that they are “very disappointed that the tournament is not taking place, but the health and safety of the local community, fans, players, volunteers, sponsors, employees, vendors and everyone involved in the event is of paramount importance. ” He added that “we are prepared to celebrate the tournament on another date and explore options.”
Nadal, who was ready to play there, has reacted: “Probably everyone has heard the news. Indian Wells has been canceled. We are here and we still decide what we do now. I am sad for everything that is happening around the world with this situation. We expect solutions from the authorities soon. Stay well and safe”, He has written Spanish.
The organization publishes a note from the Riverside County Department of Public Health in California (USA), stating that a public health emergency has been declared for the Coachella Valley after a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19 ).
“As a result, the BNP Paribas Open 2020 will not take place at this time due to concerns about the coronavirus and the safety of participants and attendees of the event. This is following the instructions of medical professionals, the Centers for Control and the Disease (CDC) and the State of California, “reports the organization.
There is a “risk too great at this time” for the public health of the Riverside County area in holding a large meeting of this size, “according to Dr. David Agus, Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at the University of South California, cites the statement.
“It is not in the public interest of fans, players and neighboring areas that this tournament continues. We all have to come together to protect the community from the outbreak of coronavirus,” he insists.
The organization also informs that any user who has purchased tickets directly in the tournament can request a refund for the 2020 tournament, or a credit for the 2021 tournament.