Due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, the 2021 Shanghai Masters will not take place in October as scheduled, officials have announced.Also Read - Shanghai Masters 2019: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer Lose Respective Quarterfinals; Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev Advance

“After careful consultation between Shanghai Juss Event and ATP, it is decided that the Rolex Shanghai Masters will not be held this year,” read a statement released by organisers Juss Event late on Monday evening. Also Read - Andy Murray Recovers After Dropping a Set to Win Shanghai Masters Opener

Having been cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Shanghai Masters is removed from the ATP tournament schedule again as “the health and safety of all personnel involved will always be the primary concern.” Also Read - Rafa Nadal Withdraws From Shanghai Masters Due To Wrist Injury

The Shanghai Masters is one of the nine ATP Tour Masters 1000 events on the ATP Tour, and the only one played outside Europe or North America. Singles and doubles champions will receive up to 1000 ATP Rankings points. Novak Djokovic holds the record for most singles titles with four, followed by Andy Murray’s three and Roger Federer’s two.

The Chengdu Open and Zhuhai Championships (ATP 250s) have also been cancelled. ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi, said, “We’ve maintained a flexible approach to the calendar this year due to the constantly evolving nature of the pandemic.

It’s extremely unfortunate to announce the cancellation of our Asia swing this season and we look forward to returning in 2022. I would like to thank all tournament operators for taking on the challenge of staging in this environment, including the new single-year event operators that have stepped up.”