Due to the exceptional situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is with great regret that Tennis Canada announced on Thursday the cancellation of the Winnipeg National Bank Challenger men’s event, which was scheduled to take place from July 13 to 19, 2020 at the Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club.
“Covid-19 has certainly forced the world to alter its normal state of functioning and our tournament is no exception. As we work together to put this pandemic behind us, maximum focus will be placed on making the 2021 edition the most successful yet. We look forward to working with our sponsors, staff, volunteers, officials and ball kids. The goal of reconnecting with the world’s top players in 2021 in Winnipeg will be a mark of recognition that the world has defeated one of life’s most formidable opponent,” said Mark Arndt, Tournament Chair.
Tennis Canada also announced the cancellation of the Saskatoon Challenger and the Odlum Brown VanOpen.
“We certainly understand the decisions made by these three organizing committees who have to think about the health and safety of the fans, the players, the volunteers and their partners. Seeing their tournaments fast approaching, they had to make a decision, as the organization of an international tournament of this scale requires a lot of work and also incurs a number of important expenses,” stated Gavin Ziv, Vice-President, Professional Events at Tennis Canada. “Knowing their passion for their respective tournaments, we know that these three organizing committees are already thinking about the 2021 edition and will continue to proudly represent the regions of Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Vancouver.”
(Feature photo: Karl Mendoza)