Amidst the coronavirus threat, the 2020 Miami Open has been cancelled after Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A Gimenex declared a state of emergency as part of preemptive measures to deal with the pandemic. Also Read - ‘Ja Ja Re Coronavirus’: Indian Band Composes COVID-19 Awareness Song With a Rajasthani Folk Touch

In a statement posted on their website, Miami Open confirmed the decision extending their support to the measures taken to ensure “health and safety of the community.” Also Read - IPL 100 Per Cent Possible if Coronavirus Pandemic is Contained by October: Ashish Nehra

“Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez has declared a state of emergency in Miami-Dade County and made the decision to suspend operations of the Miami Open due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). Therefore, the 2020 Miami Open will not take place. We understand and support the Mayor’s decision as the health and safety of the community and everyone involved with the event remains our top priority,” the statement read. Also Read - Covid-19 Warriors: MP Doctor Turns His Car Into a Temporary Home To Protect His Family From Coronavirus

The Miami Open, considered one of the top tennis tournaments apart from the Grand Slams, was to get underway from March 23. “Our team will be in touch in the coming days with ticket holders regarding refunds. We thank our fans, players, staff and partners for their support, and look forward to welcoming everyone back to Hard Rock Stadium for next year’s Miami Open, March 24 – April 6, 2021,” statement said.

Gimenez himself released a statement announcing the cancellations of mass gatherings.

“Miami-Dade County is under a state of emergency as we deal with the public health threat of COVID-19,” Gimenez said in a statement. “Although we do not have community spread at this time, we want to take the preemptive steps to keep it that way. Therefore, I have decided to suspend the operation of the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair, the Miami Open tennis tournament, the MIA 5K run, and all major events at the American Airlines Arena.”

“As we move forward together during this time, we will continue to monitor what the World Health Organization has determined is a global pandemic. We will constantly evaluate planned mass gatherings as the situation evolves.,”  he added.