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  | By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
American Tennys Sandgren hits a backhand during his first round match at the 2020 New York Open.
Photo Credit: Sidney Beal III

 

The 2021 New York Open has officially been canceled as the 2021 ATP Tour calendar was released earlier this week. The event, originally scheduled for February 7-14, will not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The official statement from Tournament Director Peter Lebedevs:

 “The health and safety of our participants, staff and fans is always our top priority at the New York Open, and at present this focus is heightened by the devastating COVID-19 global pandemic. In collaboration with the ATP, we underwent an extensive process evaluating the viability of hosting the New York Open in February 2021.

 “Ultimately, with the well-being of our community in mind, and a commitment to strict adherence to current New York state guidelines for professional sporting events and out of state travel, we determined that the logistical and financial impact on the event would be insurmountable. In addition, the shifting professional tennis calendar due to the pandemic significantly impacted the availability of players.

 “While we are very disappointed to have to make this decision, we know the more important issue of today is the health and safety of our community. Our thoughts remain with those impacted by COVID-19 and we are forever grateful to the medical professionals that continue to support their communities every day.”

The tournament had no comment when asked for plans for the 2022 edition of the event. Stay tuned to LITennisMag.com for more information.