Miami Masters in doubt.
All levels of ATP and WTA tennis could be brought to a screeching halt until April 27 to combat the multiplying COVID19 virus scurge, reports from Europe suggested on Wednesday.
The possibility appears to be growing that both circuits will order an unprecedented halt to competition across the board, knocking out not only the March 23 start of the Miami Masters but also affecting the Monte Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open on the men’s side.
For the WTA, the expected Miami cancellation would be followed by no play at the major green clay event in Charleston plus Guadalajara and Bogota.
The Fed Cup Final in Budapest in April has already been wiped out by order of the International Tennis Federation.
Tweets from both sides of the Atlantic include information from a New York Times writer saying the ATP and WTA are in negotiations over the unprecedented move.
Sky Sports Italy reported that the Miami Masters is cancelled, though no officials word from organisers has been forthcoming.
Italian sources report that the father of Fabio Fognini, defending Monte Carlo champion, has said his son confirmed to him the six-week cancellation plans.
Farther out, there has to be concern for the fates of the Madrid and Rome Masters, both played in the first half of May with barely a seek to spare before the start of the French Open.