One of the most important American tennis tournaments will not take place in the United States this spring because the country has not been able to get the coronovirus under control, tennis officials announced on Wednesday.
The BNP Paribas Open scheduled for Indian Wells, California in March has been postponed until the end of 2021. Professional tennis tourism has not announced an option date, but is expected to do so in the coming weeks and months.
“The possible dates for the tournament will be assessed later,” the ATP Tour said in a statement.
Future events are scheduled for now and BNP Paribas Open organizers said they were working with a tour of men and women to find an alternative date later in 2021.
Indian Wells is not among the four Grand Slam tournaments in the game, but it is important for both men’s and women’s tours. Authorities have been scrambling for weeks to try to find a way to salvage the phenomenon in the United States, particularly in California, as an increased rate of coronovirus infection.
The tournament, informally known as the “Fifth Slam”, represents a rare opportunity in the United States to promote the game with almost all the top players in the world. Now, those players will most likely appear in the United States at the Miami Open in late March, assuming the tournament stays on schedule, and then return for a hardcourt season after Wimbledon that ends the United Kingdom Open in late August Ends with.
The announcement of the change was the latest disruption to a game that closed for five months this year due to a coronavirus epidemic that began with the Indian Wells tournament.
The 2020 Australian Open was held as usual in January, but three other Grand Slam events were interrupted. Wimbledon was canceled for the first time after World War II. The United States Open began in New York in late August, but without spectators, and with most players cloistered Pair of Long Island Hotels When they were not competing. The start of the French Open ran from late September to late May. This happened in front of just a smattering of spectators in quiet, blistering situations.
Now the program for the first quarter of 2021 is essentially remodeled. The Australian Open went from the previous two weeks in January to the middle two weeks in February. Many tuneup tournaments have been moved or canceled.
Instead of Indian Wells, there will be tournaments in Qatar, Chile, France and Mexico.
Tennis officials are hoping that after Miami, the game can start in the spring on its usual clay-court schedule, with the French Open in Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome and then Roland Garros in Paris, which will be a late start Is may