Maharashtra Open, India’s only ATP 250 tennis event, cancelled

The prevailing travel restrictions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is the reason to call off the event scheduled in February 2022.

By Naveen Peter
Picture by Tata Open Maharashtra

The Maharashtra Open, India’s only ATP 250 event. has been called off for the second year in a row. 

Event organisers Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) were hoping to host the event in February next year. But the travel restrictions on India due to the COVID-19 pandemic threw a spanner in the works.

“We have been in discussion with the ATP for the last few months. In order to finalise the 2022 calendar, they wanted a commitment from us four-five months before the event,” the tournament director and MSLTA vice president Prashant Sutar has been quoted as saying by the Times of India on Wednesday.

“The important thing was India being on the red list of many countries. This means players going back from India would have to quarantine for 14 days.

“We are expecting that by November India will be off that list. But they said that would be too late. We were even prepared to host the tournament without spectators, for TV only. But without any word from the government, we cannot plan.”

The MSLTA now hopes to host a WTA 125K Series event in Mumbai in February and two Challengers in Pune and Nagpur after the Australian Open. A final decision is expected in December.