WTA is optimistic that the 2021 National Bank Open will be held as scheduled.
“We expressed our support for the Montreal Championship 100% from the beginning. I know that the dialogue between the organizers and the public health department is positive. We hope that we can obtain the necessary approvals as soon as possible.
“In the past year, we have proven that we can conduct business in multiple countries while respecting the health and safety of players, employees and local communities. Without excellent cooperation with various city authorities, we could not do this. “
Since the resumption of activities, WTA has implemented health agreements for its participants. They all live in the same hotel and the environment is controllable.
They were being tested for COVID-19 when they arrived in the competition city. They must repeat the procedure every five days during their stay. Their temperature is taken every day.
Simon added: “We know there are challenges in Canada, and we respect this situation.” We can see that the Canadian government is trying to protect its population as much as possible. “
Nonetheless, public health authorities must resolve an important issue: quarantine upon arrival in Canada.
Simon said: “Isolation is part of several national standards.” Since players travel every week to participate in the game, we have been exempted. “
“Because of their busy work, they have no time to isolate. In return, they must live in a controlled environment. In the past year, we have proven that it is safe for everyone.”
Currently, Simon does not want to set a deadline for the organizers of the National Bank Open. It is too early to do so. “
“The competition is three and a half months away. We have seen this situation several times since the pandemic began, and the situation may change quickly.”
“In August, the vaccination rate of participants should be increased, but the vaccination rate of the general population should also be expanded. This is a factor that must be considered.”