Wuhan Open tennis 'hugely symbolic' for coronavirus-scarred city

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Significant hurdles still lie ahead if Wuhan is to see tennis in October.

China is now experiencing a fresh outbreak of infections in Beijing and the ATP Japan Open scheduled for October was cancelled on Thursday over fears of a second wave.

As part of measures to prevent imported coronavirus cases, China has indefinitely closed its borders to most foreigners. International air travel is also badly disrupted.

For all tournaments, from Wuhan to Roland Garros and the US Open, officials are keeping their fingers crossed.

“The tournament is four months from now and if you think back four months, to February, and what has changed and happened for better and worse round the world,” said Perry.

“Four months is still a long time for things to change and know what’s going to happen.”