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Coronavirus prompts cancellation of Indian Wells tennis tournament

The 2020 BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California has been canceled amid coronavirus concerns, organizers announced Sunday evening.

Local health officials announced Saturday that a person who tested positive for coronavirus was being treated at Eisenhower Health hospital in Rancho Mirage, California, and Riverside County (Calif.) officials announced a public health emergency on Sunday.

“We are very disappointed that the tournament will not take place, but the health and safety of the local community, fans, players, volunteers, sponsors, employees, vendors, and everyone involved with the event is of paramount importance,” Tournament Director Tommy Haas said in a statement. “We are prepared to hold the tournament on another date and will explore options.”

Martin Massiello, Eisenhower Health’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, added: “We appreciate the proactive stance tournament organizers are taking to ensure public health and safety.”

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