Madrid Open advised not to hold tournament amid virus uptick
People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus, sit on a bench street in downtown Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The Madrid regional government is making the use of face masks mandatory in all public areas, limiting how many people can gather in one place and targeting young people in a drive to stamp out new outbreaks of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, August 1, 2020 9:49AM EDT
MADRID -- The organizers of the Madrid Open tennis tournament have been advised by local health authorities in the Spanish capital to not hold the rescheduled event in September due to the resurgence of the coronavirus in Spain.
The tournament organizers said on Saturday that they had requested an evaluation of the health situation in the city and that regional health officials "advised not to stage the tournament due to the current trend of COVID-19 cases."
The organizers said they are "analyzing and closely evaluating all the possible options, while always focusing on guaranteeing the safety of all those involved in the tournament."
The tournament is scheduled to be played from Sept. 12-20.
Spain's biggest tennis event was postponed from the spring due to the severe virus outbreak that only a three-month lockdown of the country managed to get under control. With the economy back in motion, there has been a worrying uptick in cases in recent weeks.
Spain's health ministry reported more than 1,500 new confirmed cases nationwide on Friday, with more than 300 detected in Madrid.