It is with great regret that Tennis Canada announced on Thursday the cancellation of the Granby National Bank Challenger, scheduled from July 18 to 26, due to the exceptional situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and following the measures imposed by the Government of Quebec prohibiting the holding of sporting events until August 31, 2020.
“Our first thoughts go out to the organizing committees of this tournament who work tirelessly year after year 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 province of Quebec. However, we know that they are already thinking about how to make their 2021 events a success by continuing to collaborate with their valued partners,” stated Eugène Lapierre, Senior Vice-President, Quebec, at Tennis Canada. “This tournament have proudly represented the city of Granby for several years thanks to the reputation they have managed to build and they will continue to do so in the near future.”
The Granby National Bank Challenger was set to celebrate an important anniversary in 2020. In fact, Granby was preparing for their 25th edition of the tournament.
“We understand the security measures that the government must put in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone, especially since we are in a region of Quebec that has been particularly affected,” stated Alain Faucher, President of the organizing committee of the Granby National Bank Challenger. “That being said, the fact remains that a cancellation of our tournament has significant repercussions for our organization. In the coming weeks, we will focus our efforts on taking steps to obtain financial aid that would help us cover our recurring expenses to limit the damage. During these difficult times, we would like to thank our loyal clients, our valued partners and all of our devoted volunteers who continue to offer their support.”
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