Israel Open cancelled

  • Last Updated: August 4 2014, 21:01 BST

The ATP has cancelled next month's Negev Israel Open due to security concerns arising from the military conflict in the country.

Tel Aviv: Was due to stage Israel Open
Tel Aviv: Was due to stage Israel Open

The event, due to take place from September 15-21, was due to become first world tour event in Israel since 1996.

However, ATP executive chairman and president Chris Kermode said: "We regret the ATP World Tour event in Tel Aviv, Israel, will not take place this year. Sadly, we do not feel we can proceed as planned given the situation in the region.

"Ensuring the security of our players, fans and all those involved in organising a world-class event, is our number one priority.

"We hope to be back in Tel Aviv next year. In the meantime, and much more importantly, we hope for a swift return to peace in the region."

Israeli Tennis Association chairman Asaf Tochmeir said: "We regret the ATP's decision. We at the ITA have done everything to ensure a successful ATP event takes place in Israel. We have raised sufficient funding and have taken care of all organisational requirements.

"On this occasion, I would like to express our most heartfelt concern for the soldiers as well as our condolences for the civilian casualties. We hope to see a swift resolution to the current situation."