The Association of Tennis Professionals has officially called off next month’s Citi Open due to various issues caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The ATP 500 event in Washington, DC, had been scheduled to mark the planned resumption of the ATP Tour following the suspension of professional tennis in March. It was due to start with qualifying on August 13.
Citi Open chairman Mark Ein said in a statement: “With only 23 days left until the start of the tournament, there are too many unresolved external issues, including various international travel restrictions as well as troubling health and safety trends, that have forced us to make this decision now in fairness to our players, suppliers and partners, so that they can have certainty around their planning.”
“It’s disappointing that due to these unprecedented times, the Citi Open will not be able to go ahead this year,” added ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi. “I know how hard Mark Ein and his team have worked to adapt to new and continually changing conditions and would like to recognize their outstanding commitment to staging the event. Unfortunately for the moment there are still large factors at play which are outside of our control.”
The cancelation, which had been expected, appears to raise further questions about the viability of the Western & Southern Open and the US Open, which are scheduled to take place back-to-back in New York, beginning on August 20.
However, the United States Tennis Association was quick to issue a statement, which read: “This decision in no way impacts the US Open or the Western & Southern Open.”