Even though the Mutua Madrid Open had been postponed from May to September and a possibility of allowing fans on site was announced, the organizers have been forced to give up on staging the event this year due to health and safety concern amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The September 12th-20th Mutua Madrid Open was supposed be the first combined men’s and women’s event to take place in Europe since the suspension of the tour in March. Even though a month and a half ago tournament director Feliciano Lopez was very optimistic about the gradual improvement of the coronavirus situation in Spain, the evaluation of the circumstances that the pandemic continues to generate has forced the organizers to cancel the event this year.
The WTA has again revised the proposed 2020 calendar:
In the end, the virtual edition of the Mutua Madrid Open will remain the only tennis we’ve had in Madrid in 2020. As you know, Kiki Bertens won the video game competition and defended her title in the most unusual manner.
While Spain has decided to opt out of staging tournaments, tennis is eventually coming back, as the International-level Palermo Ladies Open is taking place in Italy this week.