Tel Aviv Open tennis canceled because of Israel-Hamas war

Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy after winning the final tennis match of the ATP 250 Tel Aviv open against Croatia's Marin Cilic in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy after winning the final tennis match of the ATP 250 Tel Aviv open against Croatia's Marin Cilic in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

The Tel Aviv Open tennis tournament scheduled for next month has been canceled because of the Israel-Hamas war.

The ATP men’s tour says the decision was made after consultation with security experts and with the safety of players and fans in mind.

“The violence and acts of terror witnessed in Israel are beyond comprehension,” ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi says. “We strongly condemn any form of terrorism and mourn the loss of innocent lives across this conflict. We hope and pray for peace in the region.”

The event was scheduled for early November.

In last year’s final, Novak Djokovic defeated Marin Cilic in straight sets to take the title.

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