Due to the exceptional situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is with great regret that Tennis Canada announced on Friday the postponement of the Calgary National Bank Challenger men’s event, the women’s Challenger event in Fredericton as well as the Drummondville National Bank Challenger men’s event.
“Our first thoughts go out to the organizing committees of these three tournaments who work tirelessly to offer a high quality event to both players and fans. It is a sad day for all of them as well as for their partners, their volunteers and tennis fans across the country. That said, the health and safety of the players, their teams, the fans and our tournament staff are the top priority at this time,” stated Gavin Ziv, Vice-President, Professional Events at Tennis Canada. “Knowing their passion for their respective tournaments, we know that they will continue to work hard to plan for the next edition of their respective events and will continue to proudly represent the regions of Calgary, Fredericton and Drummondville.”
The Calgary National Bank Challenger men’s event was scheduled to take place in February 2021 at the Osten & Victor Alberta Tennis Centre.
“Although we are disappointed to be postponing the Challenger, we are committed to ensuring the health and safety of those participating in the event, as well as the Calgary community and participants and visitors from across the province. It is our intention to resume hosting the event, once it is safe to do so. It will allow our organization to move forward with our expansion plans which we hope to have completed in time for the 2022 Calgary National Bank Challenger,” said Danny Da Costa, Tournament Director.
The remainder of the tournament calendar for the 2021 season has not been confirmed.
“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. 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,” stated Gavin Ziv.