On Wednesday, ITF announced the postponement of both the Fed Cup Finals and the Play-offs due to the coronavirus outbreak.
It is with regret that we announce the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals & Play-Offs 2020 have been postponed due to COVID-19 health concerns.— Fed Cup (@FedCup) March 11, 2020
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The Finals were originally scheduled to take place next month in Budapest, Hungary, at the Laszlo Papp Sport Arena.
“We are extremely disappointed to have to make this decision, but we will not risk the safety and welfare of players, captains, event staff or spectators,” ITF president David Haggerty. This decision has not been made lightly; the threat posed by the COVID-19 is a serious one and calls for us to act responsibly as a federation and as human beings. This situation goes beyond sport.
“New dates for the Finals and for the Play-offs will be announced in due course and will primarily be guided by the length of time that tennis as a whole is affected by COVID-19. We will continue to collaborate with our colleagues across the sport to ensure that the impact on players, tournaments, rights holders and fans is as minimal as possible.
The news comes on the heels of the cancellation of the BNP Paribas event in Indian Wells that was set to begin Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Spanish tennis federation has asked its tournaments and clubs to comply with imposed government restrictions in light of the global pandemic. Also, the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters announced on Wednesday that it will follow the authorities' provisions.