Madrid Masters 2019

Madrid Masters in serious doubt as owner admits government has asked them to cancel event

The Madrid Masters appears in to be in serious doubt after it was revealed that the Spanish government has ‘advised them’ to cancel.

The news comes via a press release from Ion Tiriac, the owner of the Madrid Masters, in which he admits recent coronavirus spikes in the region have prompted a rethink.

“We will comply to all the rules of health safety set by the local health authorities,” Tiriac says.

“In light of the increase of COVID-19 cases in the city of Madrid, the Ministry of Public Health issued to the tournament director, Feliciano Lopez, as advice not to hold the Mutua Madrid Open in September due to health risks.

“For this reason, we are for the moment collaborating closely with ATP, WTA, and local authorities to assess the situation and will come to a final decision as soon as possible.

“We will work closely with them to see what the safest way we can organise the event as the deadline gets closer.”

Rafael Nadal has already confirmed his intention to play the Madrid Masters, and should it be cancelled it will have interesting ramifications for the US Open, who may see players more inclined to travel to America instead – including the world number two.

Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.