The ITF announced today a five-week suspension of all its activities due to escalating health and safety issues as a result of the global outbreak of COVID-19. The suspension means that all ITF events scheduled up to the week of April 20 will not take place.
Therefore, the first edition of the Fredericton ITF Challenger event set to be played March 16-22 on the indoor courts of the Abony Tennis Family Tennis Center in New-Brunswick and the VLTBC ITF Indoor Masters Championships, an ITF Seniors event set to be played in Vancouver April 3-12, and the J3 Burlington event set to be played April 6-10 in Burlington have unfortunately been canceled.
“This is a very tough time not only for tennis, but for society in general. We know this suspension represents a great loss for our tournaments and our players, but the safety and welfare of players, their entourage, spectators and our tournament event staff is Tennis Canada’s top priority and should be everyone’s priority at this point in time. Therefore, we understand and support the decision made by the the ITF as we consider it was the right thing to do,” stated Michael Downey, President and CEO of Tennis Canada. ”We are in daily contact with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the different tennis organizations within which we operate on this matter and we look forward to the tennis tours resuming once the situation has improved.”
Tennis Canada continues to closely monitor the situation daily and will communicate any changes to all stakeholders.