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ATP’s Atlanta Open suspended due to coronavirus

Alex De Minaur returns a shot against Taylor Fritz on his way to winning the singles title of the BB&T Atlanta Open Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Atlanta.
Alex De Minaur returns a shot against Taylor Fritz on his way to winning the singles title of the BB&T Atlanta Open Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Atlanta.

Credit: Curtis Compton

Credit: Curtis Compton

The Truist Atlanta Open is the latest area sporting event to be suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The professional tennis event, which was to celebrate its 10th anniversary, now will not be held, it was announced Friday. It was scheduled for July 25-Aug. 2 at Atlantic Station.

“The health and safety of everyone associated with tennis, the ATP Tour and the Truist Atlanta Open is paramount as we navigate the ongoing health crisis and coronavirus pandemic,” tournament director Eddie Gonzalez said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with everyone around the world that is being affected by COVID-19.”

The ATP Tour has been suspended since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizers will turn their attention to next year’s Atlanta Open, scheduled for July 24-Aug. 1,2021. “We will continue to work with our partners to help make a positive impact on our community during these difficult times,” Gonzalez said. “As well, our team is now shifting focus to our 2021 event, where we hope to provide a unique and exciting experience for sports and tennis fans.”

The Atlanta Open, formerly known by its sponsorship with BB&T, is one of the 10 ATP Tour events in the United States and is a part of the U.S. Open series.

Alex DeMinaur won last year’s tournament.