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The Indian Wells tennis tournament in California has been called off because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus.
Organisers of the BNP Paribas Open made the decision to call off the event “due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus and the safety of the participants and attendees… This is following the guidance of medical professionals, the Centres for Disease Control, and the State of California.”
Many of the world’s leading players, including men’s world number two Rafael Nadal, had already arrived in California for the event.
Qualifying was due to begin today with the main draw matches beginning on Wednesday.
The next event on the tennis calendar is the second leg of the sunshine Double in Miami which gets underway on March 24.
However, there are fears no tennis will be played in Miami.
The Monte Carlo Masters has a strong possibility of being abandoned.
That throws uncertainty on Euro 2020 fixtures which are due to take place at Wembley and also raises questions over Wimbledon’s summer of tennisWorryingly Wimbledon College has been closed for two weeks due to a member of staff contracting the disease during a trip to Italy.