October 22nd, 2020

Tennis Canada postpones three Challenger events, hopes to stage others later in 2021


By The Canadian Press on October 16, 2020.

MONTREAL – Tennis Canada has postponed three Challenger pro events because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organization announced Friday that the Calgary and Drummondville, Que., National Bank Challenger men’s events and the Fredericton Challenger women’s event are off the schedule.

The Calgary event was scheduled for February, while Fredericton and Drummondville were slated for March.

Challenger events offer opportunities for pros who can’t get into tour-level events.

“We are optimistic about hosting more professional events in 2021 and will address this topic in the coming months as we continue to monitor the pandemic situation,” Gavin Ziv, vice-president professional events for Tennis Canada, said in a statement.

“We are exploring a number of scenarios and options available to us to be able to organize tournaments in the coming year all while making sure that the health and safety of the fans, the players, the volunteers and the partners is at the heart of our strategy.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 16, 2020.

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