There is some latest tennis news from the ATP circuit. The Mutua Madrid Open, which is a Masters 1000s tournament, has now been canceled by the Coronavirus Pandemic. The event originally comes in May every year. But it was rescheduled to begin on 12 September of this year. The reason is that COVID19 cases continue to rise again in Spain. So, we are here analyzing the impact of this development on the world of tennis.
Impact on Tennis Calendar
The Madrid Masters was part of the tennis calendar for the months of August and September. It had a schedule of 3 Masters Tournaments and 2 Grand Slams, one after the other. However, as per the latest tennis news, the clay Masters event at Madrid was called off by the organizers. This leaves a bit of breathing space for players. The tournament was to begin just one day after the US Open. It would leave the players in a lot of confusion about the selection of events, to play in a packed tennis calendar
As the latest tennis news of Madrid Masters cancellation is out, it is the US Open that really gains from it. The American hard-court slam was likely to suffer, as players have great confusion about adjusting from the US hard courts, to the European clay courts, with no time in between. The US Open is now likely to hosts more top players from Europe also. Even the defending champion Rafael Nadal, who was earlier in doubt about his participation in New York, will now most likely opt to defend his 2019 title there.
The European clay-court season, which was looking jumbled, will also have the space for readjustment after the latest tennis news of Madrid Masters is called off. Now there are only two big tournaments for the clay swing. The Rome Masters will start from 20 to 27 September, and the French Open one week after that. Both events are focussing on strict social distancing measures, and other protocols, to ensure that they are conducted in a safe environment.
Madrid Masters History and Champions
The Madrid Masters is one of the most important tournaments in a regular tennis calendar. It takes place in the famous Caja Magica stadium on outdoor clay. It was played in the indoor hard courts till 2009 but was shifted to first the blue clay, and later on to the traditional red dirt. The tournament which, according to the latest tennis news, has been cancelled for 2020, boasts on high appeal and intensity.
Rafael Nadal is the most successful male tennis champion at the Madrid Open. The local superstar has won the event 5 times till now, with his first success in 2005. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have won 3 titles each. Djokovic was the defending champion for the event in 2020. He won the championship in 2019, after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the final. The latest tennis news of Madrid Masters cancellation will give more freedom and options to the players. They will now be weighing the options to select the events with more flexibility.