On Friday, the organisers of Odlum Brown VanOpen announced to postpone the tournament to 2021 due to Coronavirus pandemic which has taken 2.7 million lives across the globe.
Earlier, the 18th edition was scheduled to be held from August 16 to August 23, 2020, at Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver.
“Along with Tennis Canada, ATP Challenger Tour and ITF World Tennis Tour, we are united in protecting the health of our fans, players, officials, volunteers, ball crew, partners, and Hollyburn Country Club members and staff,” said Tournament Director Rik de Voest in an official statement.
In the past, star players like Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, Eugenie Bouchard and Bianca Andreescu also participated in this tournament. The organiser said that they are looking forward for tournament to be returning in 2021 with another successful event.
“This pandemic transcends tennis and at this time, we all need to work together and take care of each other. The support for our tournament from everyone involved is outstanding. We look forward to building on our previous successes to return even stronger in 2021 and present the best edition of the Odlum Brown VanOpen ever,” said de Voest.
Currently, all the top tournaments like Laver Cup, Rogers Cup, La Liga, Premier League and Tokyo Olympic have been suspended due to Coronavirus pandemic. Also, Wimbledon 2020 got cancelled for the first time since World War ll.