Main draw matches of the $125,000 L&T Mumbai Open which were scheduled to be played on Monday have been postponed to the next day due to the fourth ODI between India and West Indies, which is also being held at the same venue. The directors of Mumbai Open tournament, Prashant Sutar and Sunder Iyer on Sunday released a statement stating: “Keeping in mind the large gathering which will be coming for the India v/s West Indies match and to avoid any untoward incident, the organisers and WTA officials have jointly decided to start the main draw matches on Tuesday,” reported The Scroll.
During the launch of the tournament, earlier this week, Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association Secretary had expressed concerns regarding rescheduling of few matches. He had then said that the number of matches to be played on Monday will be reduced and the matches will be played in the morning session in order to avoid a clash with the cricket match. He further said that the issue was also discussed with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).
However, keeping in mind of the huge rush assembling for the cricket match the authorities have decided to cancel all matches on Monday.
The main draw was set to begin from Monday at the Cricket Club of India courts. The fourth ODI between West Indies and India was initially supposed to be played at the Wankhede Stadium but was later shifted to Brabourne Stadium, due to Mumbai Cricket Association’s financial constraints.