ATP Citi Open Abruptly Canceled Amidst Health Concerns

Alexander Zverev of Germany celebrates at the ATP Tennis Finals in 2018. Photo by Ella Ling/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (9983659bb)

With the ATP and WTA tours originally scheduled to recommence in August, tennis fans will have to wait a little longer now that the organizers of the ATP Citi Open have decided to cancel the event.

The ATP 500 tournament, based in Washington D.C., was called off due to reasons that were outside of the organizers’ control. Some issues included international travel restrictions as well as the current COVID 19 trends across the United States.

“After months of tireless work by our team and close collaboration with our many stakeholders, we are heartbroken to announce that we must unfortunately postpone the 52nd Citi Open until the summer of 2021,” the official announcement by the tournament read.

“With only 23 days left until the start of the tournament, there are too many unresolved external issues, including various international travel restrictions as well as troubling health and safety trends, that have forced us to make this decision now in fairness to our players, suppliers and partners, so that they can have certainty around their planning.”

Fortunately for dedicated viewers, the USTA announced that the Citi Open’s cancellation would have no impact on the US Open or the Western & Southern Open, which will go on as planned with COVID safety measures in place.