The BNP Paribas Open, that includes the lads’s and ladies’s professional tennis excursions, received’t be held in March as initially scheduled.
Match organizers mentioned Tuesday they’re working with the ATP and WTA excursions in addition to the title sponsor to verify dates later in 2021 for the occasion in Indian Wells, California. It was initially set for March Eight-21 at Indian Wells Tennis Backyard.
The choice to postpone the occasion was made after consulting with state and native public well being officers and match proprietor Larry Ellison.
Coronavirus hospitalizations are stabilizing in components of California however sufferers are nonetheless overwhelming hospitals in a big swath of the state. Intensive care items in Southern California and the agricultural San Joaquin Valley haven’t any capability remaining, in line with state figures. Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned it was “self-evident” his newest stay-at-home order could be prolonged Tuesday in locations the place hospital ICUs have lower than 15% capability.
This yr’s match was the primary main U.S. sporting occasion known as off after a case of COVID-19 was confirmed within the Coachella Valley in March. Initially, organizers had hoped to reschedule it for later within the yr, however the coronavirus disaster solely worsened.
The occasion usually attracts upwards of 450,000 followers. It’s generally known as the “fifth slam” due to its reputation among the many gamers and its stature, rating factors and over $17 million in prize cash that place it one rung under tennis’ 4 Grand Slam tournaments.
The Australian Open, the yr’s first Grand Slam occasion, has been postponed to Feb. Eight-21, three weeks later than ordinary so as to permit gamers and officers 14 days to quarantine after they arrive Down Underneath.