The pandemic editions of the National Bank Open in Toronto and Montreal will have a different feel for tennis fans this year. For starters, the tournament went through name and colour changes after National Bank took over from longtime title sponsor Rogers and some of the usual perks of attending the events live have disappeared. That the tournaments are taking place at all, with thousands of fans set to descend upon Montreal's Stade IGA for the women's qualifying on Saturday and the start of the men's draw at the Aviva Centre in Toronto on Monday, isn't quite a miracle but it also wasn't a foregone conclusion. For Tennis Canada it has been more than a year of trying to plan with the logistical sands constantly shifting beneath its feet. "The 2020 event was what it was. We didn't really get liftoff at any point (before the official cancellation in April 2020)," Gavin Ziv, the vice president of professional events for Tennis Canada, said in an interview Friday. "But since then it's just one thing after the next – but always with the same goal, right? Trying to figure out how we're going to make this event survive and exist for… Read full this story
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