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Rio Open 2021 cancelled due to worsening COVID situation in Brazil

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Organisers of the Rio Open have announced that the 2021 tournament, which had already been postponed from it's usual February date, will not take place at all in 2021.

The Rio Open, an ATP 500 event, had originally been postponed to allow for the rescheduled Australian Open but was expected to take place later in the year.

However organisers of the event, which is the biggest tennis tournament in South America, have announced that due to an uncertain coronavirus situation in Brazil, it will now be cancelled altogether and will return in 2022.

The disease has claimed more than 320,000 lives in Brazil, a death toll second only to the United States of America.

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The South American country is struggling to deal with a new surge of the virus that killed 66,500 people last month, more than double its previous monthly record of July 2020.

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

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