Miami Open to go ahead after Indian Wells axed

MIAMI (AFP) – Organisers of the Miami Open said on Monday the tournament was still set to go ahead, a day after the ATP/WTA Indian Wells event in California was cancelled due to coronavirus.

A brief statement released by the Miami Open organisers on Twitter said preparations for the March 23-April 5 event were “moving forward as scheduled.”

“Safety remains a top priority, and we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely with local, state and federal officials and health organisations in the lead up to the tournament,” the statement said.

“In addition we are working with the ATP and WTA tours on recommended best practices and following CDC (Centers for Disease Control) guidelines closely to provide a safe environment for fans, players and staff,” it added.

The statement came less than 24 hours after organisers of this week’s ATP/WTA Indian Wells event said the tournament was being cancelled – just days before it was due to begin.

Indian Wells is the most high-profile sporting event to be cancelled in North America because of the coronavirus.