Published On: Mon, Mar 9th, 2020

Coronavirus: Miami Open chiefs release statement after Indian Wells cancellation | Tennis | Sport

Officials at the Miami Open say they are moving “forward as scheduled” with the event taking place later this month amid increasing concerns over coronavirus. The BNP Paribas Open was cancelled on Sunday on the advice of the Riverside County Public Health Department.

The next event in danger is the Miami Open at the Hard Rock Stadium and the Florida Department of Health have advised individuals who have travelled internationally to self-isolate for 14 days following their date of return to the United States.

But in a statement on Monday, the organisers insisted the tournament was still taking place as they continue to take advice from health experts.

The statement said: “The 2020 Miami Open is moving forward as scheduled, March 23-April 5.

“Safety remains a top priority and we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely with local, state and federal officials and health organisations in the lead up to the tournament.

“In addition, we are working with the ATP and WTA tours on recommended best practices and following CDC guidelines closely to provide a safe environment for fans, players and staff.”

ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi followed the announcement by the Miami Open with a message of his own stating the calendar remains ‘status quo’.

He said: “While we regret that the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells will not take place, the ATP Tour calendar beyond Indian Wells remains as status quo.

“We continue to monitor the situation daily, working closely with our player and tournament members with the understanding that direction must be taken from local public health authorities.

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