ZAGREB, May 15 (Hina) – This year’s the thirty-first edition of the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag, the only Croatian ATP tournament, has been cancelled because ATP Tour has announced that it is cancelling all tennis events until the end of July 2020.
Due to the unprecedented effects of the coronavirus pandemic, all tournaments that were to have been held in July, including Umag which was to have been held July 17 to 26, have been cancelled or postponed.
Seeing that the health and safety of our tennis players, the tournament’s staff and spectators are our priority, one of the most important and longest lasting sports events in Croatia will be postponed to July 2021, organisers said.
“Covid-19 changed not only the sports world but the world in general. According to experts, tennis is one of the safest sports activities, but the restart of the ATP Tour is among the biggest challenges of all sports competitions. The fact that players from all over the world need to have a chance to travel without any restrictions in order for the Tour to start again puts the ATP in a very difficult position. That’s why the cancellation of the July tournaments, including the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag, was the only option the ATP had. I believe that all of us will feel a bit empty without Stella Maris and its July buzz, but the health and safety of our players and fans are the most important. This cancellation is an even bigger reason for all of us to feel excited about July 2021 and the 31st edition of the tournament,” said Lawrence Frankopan, Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag Tournament Director.