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USTA cancels low-tier Florida tournaments

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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The U.S. Tennis Association has canceled two lower-tier tennis tournaments in Orlando, Florida, saying that the coronavirus pandemic makes it too dangerous to hold the events without a bubble setup.

The USTA says ATP Challenger 150 tourneys that were supposed to start on Aug. 22 and Aug. 29 at its national campus are being scrapped.

The USTA said the sort of “proper risk mitigation” that it plans for the U.S. Open -- the Grand Slam tournament scheduled to begin in New York on Aug. 31 -- “would logistically and financially be difficult to create” for smaller events.

The group also cited “the current rates of COVID-19 in Florida.