An announcement from Tennis Canada stated Challenger occasions in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Granby, Vancouver, Calgary and Fredericton had all been scrapped as a result of “repercussions attributable to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
“Challenger occasions equivalent to these that contain worldwide members are a fancy and costly endeavor and this weighed closely within the resolution to cancel, a choice that was troublesome for Tennis Canada and the respective organizing committees to come back to,” stated Tennis Canada’s Eugene Lapierre, including that the occasions would return in 2022.
Tennis Canada managing director Gavin Ziv in the meantime stated the Canadian Open WTA/ATP occasions weren’t affected by the choice.
“The cancellation of those occasions has no bearing on the 2021 National Bank Open offered by Rogers, which Tennis Canada stays absolutely centered on internet hosting in Toronto and Montreal respectively this August,” Ziv stated.
“With 4 months till the Nationwide Financial institution Open, we’re hopeful the enhancing vaccination state of affairs in Canada will bode nicely for our tournaments.
“The Nationwide Financial institution Open is the engine of tennis in Canada and subsequently our high precedence for the time being is to stage these occasions efficiently to make sure we will proceed to develop the game throughout the nation.”
The Canadian Open, generally often known as the Rogers Cup, was cancelled final yr as a result of Covid-19.
Canada continues to face logistical hurdles as a result of Covid-19, with sports activities groups enjoying in North American skilled leagues pressured to relocate briefly to the US because of the pandemic.
Tennis Canada in the meantime stated it hoped to stage three different Challenger occasions later within the yr.