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Tennis tournaments continue despite crisis

Play at the women’s Big Island championships in Waikoloa, Hawaii – featuring Wimbledon runner-up Belgian Justine Henin and former world number one Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario of Spain – was postponed on Tuesday but is due to continue.

“There was no play on Tuesday… it was postponed in view of what happened,” a WTA spokesman said. “But the tournament will go ahead. It is going to be finished this weekend on schedule.”

The spokesman added that security has been stepped up at the Brazilian Open in Salvador, a tournament featuring top men and women.

Men’s world number one Gustavo Kuerten and former women’s number one Monica Seles are among the high-profile names taking part in the Open at Costa do Suaipe, Bahia.

The women’s tour is due to visit Tokyo and Quebec City in Canada next week. No decision has yet been made, but the Canadian event could be in jeopardy.

The men’s calendar has not been disrupted by the attacks.

Tournaments in Tashkent and Bucharest are unaffected, a spokesman for the ATP.

Officials of the International Tennis Federation – the governing body for the global team competitions the Davis Cup and FedCup – were at their annual general meeting in Cancun, Mexico, when the attacks took place.

The Davis Cup semifinals and a raft of World Group qualifiers, including the US hosting India in Winston-Salem, N.C., are due to take place next week.

No decision has yet been made on whether they will be postponed.

“Obviously what happened yesterday was a dreadful, dreadful event,” communications administrator Jane Fraser said.

“All our policy makers are in Cancun at the moment. Nothing has been decided about Davis Cup or any other event.

“They are looking at the situation at the moment.”