Regardless of whether the ATP and WTA Tours are resumed in time for the hard court swing in North America, the women’s Rogers Cup in Montreal will not take place this year after the government of the Canadian province of Quebec banned sporting events until the end of August due to the coronavirus crisis.
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. It is thus with a heavy heart that we received this news, but we understand that this decision was necessary. Eugene Lapierre, Montreal Tournament Director
The WTA Premier event was scheduled to begin on 7 August, but the decision was taken out of organisers hands.
“At the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, we were hoping that the situation would be resolved in time to be able to host our tournament as initially planned on the calendar, but we knew that the chances were getting smaller and smaller in recent weeks,” Montreal Tournament Director Eugene Lapierre said.
“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.
“It is thus with a heavy heart that we received this news, but we understand that this decision was necessary.”
The tournament now return to Montreal 2021, with the WTA saying they will continue to liaise with partners over what is left of the 2020 schedule.
“As a result of the measures imposed by the Quebec government prohibiting holding events until August 31, 2020, the Coupe Rogers in Montreal will postpone their event to 2021,” a WTA spokesperson said.
“The WTA reiterates that health and safety will always be the top priority. We understand this was a difficult decision and we look forward to being back in Montreal in 2021.
“As it currently stands, the WTA Tour is suspended through July 12.
“We will continue to work with our tournament partners in evaluating when we will be able to get back on the court.
“We do not foresee any further decisions until next month.”
The men’s Rogers Cup, which is due to be hosted in Toronto and does not fall under Quebec’s jurisdiction, is currently unaffected, but it remains to be seen whether that too will fall victim to the havoc caused by the coronavirus pandemic.