Indian Wells tournament in March postponed ALREADY in early blow to ATP and WTA Tour calendars… with California event – which housed almost 500,000 fans in 2019 – impacted by Covid-19 pandemic for a second year
- Indian Wells was one of the first global sporting events to be abandoned in 2020
- Known as the BNP Paribas Open, they announced the 2021 event is postponed
- Covid-19 is still sweeping across the globe with a new mutant strain detected
- The statement suggests there are plans to find an alternate spot in the calendar
The prestigious ATP and WTA tournament in Indian Wells has been postponed for a second consecutive year because of coronavirus restrictions.
The BNP Paribas Open was one of the first major global sporting events to be shelved from the calendar in March this year and it will not happen as scheduled in 2021, although alternative dates are being sought.
The tournament is owned by billionaire Larry Ellison and in 2019 welcomed more than 475,000 fans to the Californian desert.
The BNP Paribas Open, also known as Indian Wells, announced that the March Masters tournament would not go ahead as planned for a second successive year due to Covid-19
The California tournament is one of the more popular stops on both the WTA and ATP tours
A statement read: ‘The BNP Paribas Open will not be held March 8-21, 2021 as originally scheduled.
‘The tournament is proactively working with the ATP and WTA Tours, as well as title sponsor BNP Paribas, to confirm dates later in the year to hold the event.
‘Details will be released in the near future as plans are finalised.
‘This decision was made after thorough consultation with state and local health authorities and tournament owner Larry Ellison.’
The postponement of the event was confirmed as part of the announcement of the next section of the ATP calendar.
The California tournament is regarded as one of the most prestigious on the global tours
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