It has been confirmed that due to the ongoing challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, the NEC Wheelchair Masters and UNIQLO Doubles Masters will not take place in 2020. The season-ending Masters event was originally scheduled to take place in Orlando, Florida (USA) from 16-23 November.
The Tennis Federation of the Netherlands was pleased to take the initiative to host the tournament, and did so at a time when the situation with Covid in the country was under control.
The national Covid situation in the Netherlands has worsened in recent weeks, and the government introduced "partial isolation" last week to try to reduce the spread of the virus.
The health and safety of all participants remains a top priority and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), under such uncertain circumstances, cannot commit itself to hosting an event and at the same time protecting the lives of everyone involved in organizing the event and participating in the competition.
Unfortunately, despite interest from alternative hosts, the ongoing spread of Covid-19 and the introduction of restrictions by local and national authorities has meant it is not feasible to stage the event in a way that provides a satisfactory degree of safety and certainty for all participants.
After careful consideration of all questions, including from players, as well as health and safety concerns related to the changing and uncertain Covid situation in the Netherlands, the ITF has determined that the competition will not be held in the Netherlands due to the impact of the pandemic, and therefore the event will not take place in 2020. The Netherlands Tennis Federation has confirmed that it understands the ITF's concerns and respects the decision.