The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells has been canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.
The organizers said, “The 2020 BNP Paribas Open will not take place at this time due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus and the safety of the participants and attendees at the event. This is following the guidance of medical professionals, the Centres for Disease Control (CDC), and State of California.”
Tommy Haas, the tournament director said, “We are very disappointed that the tournament will not take place, but the health and safety of the local community, fans, players, volunteers, sponsors, employees, vendors, and everyone involved with the event is of paramount importance. We are prepared to hold the tournament on another date and will explore options.”
The cancellation comes after health officials revealed that Riverside County, where the tournament is held, revealed its first case of the coronavirus.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in the state. California has reported 114 cases of the coronavirus.
This cancelation may be the beginning of many to come. The ATP and the WTA have a number of tournaments in Europe and China that are likely to be canceled or postponed, throwing the tennis calendar into chaos.
Jamie Murray expressed concern about the upcoming tournaments.
Rafael Nadal also expressed disappointment over the cancellation.