One of the biggest tennis tournaments has been canceled as the new coronavirus outbreak continues to wreak havoc globally.
Organizers of the BNP Paribas Open 2020, otherwise known as the Indian Wells Masters tournament, announced on Sunday that the tournament will not run as planned following a confirmed case of the virus in the Coachella Valley.
The main action of the tournament, often considered the largest non-Grand Slam event in the world, was previously scheduled to begin on Thursday.
Indian Wells tournament director Tommy Haas said in one version that the organizers are looking to organize the tournament on another date.
Any user who purchased tickets directly from the tournament can request a refund for the 2020 tournament or a credit for the 2021 tournament.
“There is currently too great a public health risk in the Riverside County area to hold a large gathering of this size,” USC medical professor David Agus said in the statement. “It is not in the public interest of fans, players and surrounding areas that this tournament proceeds. We must all unite to protect the community from the coronavirus epidemic.”
The global impact of coronavirus on events
The tournament is only the last major event that has been canceled due to the coronavirus in recent months. Austin’s popular South By Southwest arts festival, the Game Developers Conference focused on video games in San Francisco, the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, the Google I / O conference in Mountain View, California, and many other events have been canceled or sent.
And this is only in the United States, where the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed less than two months ago.
The virus also affected the sports world, in particular by questioning the state of the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Many sporting events, including soccer games in Italy and pre-season baseball games in Japan, have also been played in front of empty stadiums to reduce fan exposure to the virus.