Rio Open tennis tournament cancelled due to COVID-19 spike

Published on Apr 01, 2021 11:44 PM IST

Organizers said next year's tournament would be played in February. The 2020 Rio Open champion was Chile's Cristian Garin.

The Championship Series is the fourth tier of the All India Tennis Association’s (AITA) junior structure, which follows National Series and Super Series(PICTURE FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY)
The Championship Series is the fourth tier of the All India Tennis Association’s (AITA) junior structure, which follows National Series and Super Series(PICTURE FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY)
AP | , Rio De Janeiro

This year's Rio Open tennis tournament was cancelled on Thursday because of the spike in COVID-19 cases in Brazil, organizers said.

The ATP tournament had already been postponed from its original February dates, and organizers said the continued uncertainty around the pandemic meant it would not be rescheduled.

“We fought until the end to be able to play in 2021, but unfortunately it is not possible,” said tournament director Luiz Carvalho.

The coronavirus has killed more than 320,000 people in the South American nation, with March its deadliest month since the pandemic began.

Organizers said next year's tournament would be played in February. The 2020 Rio Open champion was Chile's Cristian Garin.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.
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