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Indian Wells. Image Credit: AFP

Los Angeles: The ATP and WTA tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, has been cancelled over concerns about the worldwide outbreak of the new coronavirus, organizers said Sunday.

The tournament, one of the biggest outside the four Grand Slams, was due to begin on Wednesday.

But organizers opted to cancel after the the health department of California’s Riverside County declared a public health emergency for the Coachella Valley after a confirmed case of COVID-19 locally.