Calgary National Bank Challenger Moved To February 2020

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Toronto,ONT (May 7,2019) : The second annual Calgary National Bank Challenger has changed dates for the 2020 calendar year.

Following the success of the inaugural event in 2018, the tournament will not take place in 2019 and will instead be disputed from February 24-March 1, 2020, the week following the Drummondville National Bank Challenger (February 17-23, 2020), thus creating a mini-Canadian circuit at the start of the season.

“The new date of this event presents our players with a tremendous opportunity to amass crucial points at two tournaments on home soil in quick succession,” commented Gavin Ziv, Vice-President of professional events at Tennis Canada. “Ahead of the first ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Mandatory events of the year at Indian Wells and Miami, the timing could not be better. We need only look at the recent success of our country’s outstanding young players, such as Bianca Andreescu, Denis Shapovalov and Félix Auger-Aliassime, at tournaments in early 2019 to appreciate how important a strong start to the season can be for their development.”

The inaugural edition of the Calgary National Bank Challenger was a triumph both on and off the court. Over 6,500 tickets and 98% of corporate boxes were sold, while 140,000 people watched the livestream via the ATP website. The tournament’s new dates will serve to enhance those figures with the benefit of back-to-back events in Quebec and Alberta over the course of a two-week period.

Matthew Achtymichuk