• The Madrid’s Deputy Secretary of Public Health, Antonio Zapatero, suggests cancelling the Mutua Madrid Open over COVID-19 concerns
  • The rate of infected cases has rapidly risen tin Spain in the last few days
  • Ion Tiriac, the tournament’s owner, will take the final decision
MADRID, SPAIN – The Mutua Madrid Open is in doubt as the city’s health minister suggested cancelling the event over Covid-19 concerns

 

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Spanish health ministers dealt a huge blow to the Mutua Madrid Open organisers, requesting the help of Antonio Zapatero, Deputy Secretary of Public Health. In a letter sent to tournament director Feliciano Lopez, Zapatero suggested not to stage the tournament.

ATP/WTA MadridHe was concerned by the current trend of COVID-19 cases, and made a reference to the Real Decreto-Ley 20/21 and the fundamental Ley 33/2001 General of Public Safety. According to that law, “the existence of proved risks to the public safety, or the presence of a potential threat of uncertain nature to the population, will determine the prohibition or the limitation of every activity that could contribute to those threats”.

Data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) show the rate of infection in Spain is rising rapidly again. Recently, the UK enforced a 14-day quarantine on travellers from Spain while TUI, Europe’s largest travel firm, cancelled any flight from Britain to mainland Spain for at least two weeks. Germany made Spanish tourism-driven economy suffer a new blow deciding to take similar measures.

 

Mutua Madrid Open, the organisers reaction

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According to the letter, the Deputy Secretary of Public Health fears that the pandemic could soon worsen. The number of positive cases could rise, although the evolution of such a pandemic remains unpredictable. But the tournament, Zapatero noted, is scheduled from September 12, and forty days from the threatening rise of infected cases isn’t a sufficiently long period of time to guarantee safety.

In light of the advice of the competent health organisations, and given the difficult situation caused by COVID-19 (with a considerable increase in cases in Madrid and in Spain), the organisers of the Mutua Madrid Open are analysing and closely evaluating all the possible options, while always focusing on guaranteeing the safety of all those involved in the tournament.

the organisers wrote in an official statement on the tournament’s website. The final decision on the staging of the 2020 Mutua Madrid Open will fall to Ion Tiriac, owner of the Super Slam Ltd., the tournament’s licence holder.

 

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