Problems for the ATP? First post-pandemic tournament could be canceled

By Miguel Prazeres

July 21, 2020

The return of the professional tennis circuit could be postponed. The Washington ATP 500, which was set to be the first to be played after the long pandemic stoppage, could be canceled. And everyone knows the guilty. Of course, is the Coronavirus that continues to show no signs of slowing down in the US. According to the American press, the cancellation could be official in the next days. Could it be a warning sign for the US Open?

A risky event

According to the health authorities of the United States, the number of positive cases in California, Texas and Florida States continues to increase and the tournament directors are afraid of not having the minimal conditions to move forward with the event. The US Open is still a big doubt. The cancellation of the Washington ATP 500 could affect the preparation for the big events. New York will host in the following weeks the Cincinnati Masters 1000 and the US Open.

Beyond the concerns about the coronavirus, the tournament could be affected by the European Union’s decision regarding the passengers from the United States. The Union will decide on August 1 of the citizens from the US are going to be forced to a 15 days quarantine. If yes, some players should avoid playing the US tournaments and focus on European events.

A luxury list

For tennis fans, the Washington tournament would be the long-awaited moment of the competition return. Furthermore, the event has a luxury draw, with many of the world’s top players.

According to the initial plans, the Washington tournament will count with 18 of top ATP top 30 players. Names like Daniil Medvedev, Nick Kyrgios, Tsitsipas, David Goffin or Bautista Agut are among the main stars. The tournament would also mark the expected return of Kei Nishikori after a long break due to injury.

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