Madrid Open in September canceled

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MADRID (AP) The Madrid Open in September was canceled on Tuesday because of a new spike in coronavirus cases in Spain.

The joint men's and women's tournament was originally scheduled in May, but moved when Spain became a hotbed for the virus. Its new slot in September allowed it again to be a major lead-in event for the rescheduled French Open at the end of that month.

But organizers last weekend were advised by local authorities not to stage the tournament due to the rise in COVID-19 cases.

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