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Mar 09, 2020
2:00PM

ATP, WTA tennis tournament cancelled over coronavirus concerns

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The ATP and WTA tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, has been cancelled amid new coronavirus outbreak, making it the first major sports event to be scrubbed due to health concerns. The tournament, one of the biggest outside the four tennis Grand Slams, was cancelled just days before it was due to begin.

Officials said in a news release on Sunday that they opted to cancel because California health officials had declared a public health emergency for the Coachella Valley after a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Many of the players had already arrived in Indian Wells with qualifying matches scheduled to start on Monday and the main women's draw beginning on Wednesday.

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