MONTREAL (AP) — The pandemic of coronavirus has been forced to cancel its branch of the women’s Rogers Cup, the tennis tournament that is held every year alternately in two cities of Canada.
The canadian federation of tennis announced that the event, which was to take place from 7 to 16 August in Montreal, has been left out of the calendar this year.
On Friday, the government of the province of Quebec announced that it would not allow the realization of sporting events until the 31 of August, although it left slightly open a possibility for the activity of some professional teams.
“Our priority in the management of this crisis has always been to ensure the safety and well-being of our players, fans, volunteers, partners, and employees,” said Eugene Lapierre, the tournament director in Montreal. “Therefore, with much regret, we received these news, but we understand that this decision was necessary”.
The federation said that the competition of women will return to Montreal in August of 2021. The local Bianca Andreescu won the Rogers Cup in 2019, when Serena Williams retired in the first set of the final by a back injury.
Traditionally, branches of the male and female of the tournament alternated locations between Toronto and Montreal. Until Saturday, the tournament of men in Toronto, there are also plans for August, was still standing.