The organizers of the Mutua Madrid Open have acknowledged this Saturday that they are "analyzing and evaluating in detail all the possible options" regarding the dispute of the tournament, after the Community of Madrid advised that it should not be held in September due to the increase in cases of coronavirus Although any decision "will rest with Ion Tiriac and Super Slam Ltd.", owner of the tournament license.
"Since the reprogramming of the Mutua Madrid Open as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, the organizers have worked with ATP and WTA to celebrate the tournament from September 12 to 20, within the restructuring of the calendar," said the organization of the tournament. it's a statement.
The Community of Madrid recommended that the Mutua Madrid Open, scheduled for the second week of September, not be held, but left the decision to the organization. The Deputy Minister of Public Health, Antonio Zapatero, sent a letter to the director of the tournament, the tennis player Feliciano López, in which he informed him that "it is inadvisable" for it to be held due to the "health risk that it would entail both for the public and for the organization and the players. "
The Mutua Madrid Open reiterated that they have been "in close communication" with the competent health agencies of the Community of Madrid, represented by the Deputy Minister of Public Health Antonio Zapatero, and with the Higher Sports Council (CSD). "The aforementioned organizations have always shown their maximum collaboration, solving all the doubts raised by the organizers and facilitating at all times the process to be able to celebrate the Mutua Madrid Open 2020," he said.
Thus, he assured that at the meeting held on July 29 and due to the increase in cases of Covid-19 in Madrid in recent days, the organizers "expressed their doubts about being able to hold the tournament without health complications affecting players, the public and workers. " "In this situation, the organizers of the Mutua Madrid Open requested the help of Antonio Zapatero and received the recommendation not to hold the tournament due to the current evolution of the Covid-19," he acknowledged.
Failing to ensure a positive evolution, the organizers considered "making a decision with enough time". "At all times, the organizers of the Mutua Madrid Open have valued the support of the competent health agencies of the Community of Madrid and have given value to the opinion of their experts, but always reserving the right to make that last decision regarding the celebration of the Mutua Madrid Open ", she continued.
"Given these recommendations from the competent health agencies, and given the difficult situation caused by the Covid-19, the organizers of the Mutua Madrid Open are analyzing and evaluating all possible options in detail , always thinking of guaranteeing the safety of all the members of the tournament The final decision on the celebration of the Mutua Madrid Open 2020 will rest with Ion Tiriac and Super Slam Ltd., owner of the tournament license, "he concluded.
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