Due to the exceptional situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is with great regret that Tennis Canada announced on Friday the cancellation of all of its national and international tournaments scheduled up until August 31, in addition to the Birmingham Classic, an international wheelchair event which was set to take place from September 10 to 13, and with the exception of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto.
Tennis Canada is continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVD-19) situation and is in contact with Public Health Canada and the various national and international tennis organizations. Given the evolution of the crisis in Canada, the recommendations from Public Health and the restrictions in place limiting travel between regions and provinces, Tennis Canada believes that it must cancel these events to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.
“It is with deep regret and sadness that we are announcing this news. Our thoughts go out to the participants, coaches, clubs, organizers, host volunteers, athletes and families that are impacted by this decision. Many of them were training tirelessly to prepare and compete in these events. That said, the safety and well-being of the players, their teams, the fans and our tournament staff are our top priority at this time, and this is what guides our decisions,” stated Hatem Mcdadi, Senior Vice-President of Tennis Development at Tennis Canada. “We encourage all of our partners and tennis community to be patient, stay motivated and inspired and have faith that we will come back stronger when the time is right and the conditions for travel and competition pose no health risk to all involved. We will monitor the situation closely with health officials and government authorities as we look to resume a return to competition as soon as possible.”
“Since the beginning of this crisis, over two months ago, we have had to cancel around twenty tournaments of all categories, we have had to postpone the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal, which represents a great financial loss for the development of tennis in Canada, and we have had to restructure our organization which forced us to say goodbye to several important members of our team. It goes without saying that this is a very difficult time for the entire tennis industry. However, we are committed to making decisions that favour a safe sporting environment,” said Michael Downey, President and CEO at Tennis Canada. “To revive our sport across the country, we believe that we must first concentrate our efforts on a gradual return and outline measures for playing tennis that adhere to the recommendations from Public Health for social distancing and eventually, when conditions permit, encourage the holding of local and provincial tournaments.”
Tennis Canada will continue to communicate changes to all stakeholders.
(in addition to the tournaments cancelled as of March 12 and April 1)
Originally published on TennisCanada.com
(Feature Photo: ITF Futures – Houghton Boston Tennis Classic 2018)