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ATP World Tour cancels Israel Open

The inaugural Israel Open men’s tennis tournament has been cancelled by the ATP World Tour, which operates the event, due to the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip.

The ATP World Tour 250 event was due to take place from September 15-21 in Tel Aviv. It would have been the first high-profile men’s tournament to be held in Israel since 1996.

“We regret the ATP World Tour event in Tel Aviv, Israel, will not take place this year,” ATP executive chairman and president Chris Kermode said. “Sadly, we do not feel we can proceed as planned given the situation in the region.”

Kermode added: “Ensuring the security of our players, fans and all those involved in organising a world-class event, is our number one priority. We hope to be back in Tel Aviv next year. In the meantime, and much more importantly, we hope for a swift return to peace in the region.”

Last month, football’s European governing body Uefa blocked Israeli clubs involved in continental club competitions from hosting matches in the country, with the games having been moved to Cyprus.