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Kremlin Cup canceled over coronavirus cases

UTR Pro Match Series - Day 2

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - MAY 23: A detail of individually marked Wilson tennis balls during the UTR Pro Match Series Day 2 on May 23, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Following new COVID-19 safety guidelines, each player is designated a color for their tennis balls and should only use those to serve. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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LONDON -- The Kremlin Cup tennis tournament has been canceled because of a rising number of coronavirus cases in Moscow, the ATP and WTA tours said Thursday.

The men’s tournament had been scheduled to start Oct. 19, with the women’s event set for the following week.

The ATP and WTA tours issued a joint statement saying the cancellation “follows a recent increase in the COVID-19 infection rate in Moscow.”

“As mandated by the Moscow City Administration, the event will no longer be permitted to go ahead in 2020,” the statement said.

However, the ATP’s St. Petersburg Open is still set to go ahead with a start date of Oct. 12.