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The biggest tennis tournament in South America Rio Open was cancel on Thursday because of the spike in COVID-19 cases in Brazil, organizers said. 

The ATP tournament had already postpone from its original February dates. And organizers said the continue uncertainty around the pandemic meant it would not be reschedule.

According to the statement, “Given the uncertain situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The Rio Open… will not be conduct in 2021”.

“We fought until the end to be able to play in 2021, but unfortunately it is not possible,” said tournament director Luiz Carvalho.

The coronavirus has killed more than 320,000 people in the South American nation. With March its deadliest month since the pandemic began.

Organizers said, “Next year’s tournament would be play in February”. The 2020 Rio Open champion was Chile’s Cristian Garin.

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