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Rogers Cup in Toronto officially postponed until 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic

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As expected, Canada’s top men’s tennis tournament will not take place this year.

Tennis Canada announced on Wednesday that the 2020 edition of the men’s Rogers Cup tournament has been moved to August 7, 2021 because of the health and safety issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Organizing a closed-door event is complex and requires certain important health and operational protocols to be put in place…We estimated that to organize and broadcast such a tournament, we would require having up to 450 people on-site.” said Gavin Ziv, managing director of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

“The safety of these people during the two weeks of the event would have been a concern for Tennis Canada and in the current context, the level of risk would have remained high, especially for a sport like tennis where athletes comes from all parts of the world. In addition, at this time, the federal law relating to access to our country and mandatory quarantine would require players to arrive in Canada well before the start of the tournament, which made things much more difficult.”

The tournament was initially supposed to be played from August 8-16 at York University. The women’s tournament in Montreal was moved to next year as well earlier this month.

Tennis Canada has lost an estimated $17 million so far in 2020 due to the coronavirus.

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Rockets, Wizards swap Russell Westbrook, John Wall in blockbuster deal

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As training camps are set to open, the Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets completed a big-time trade involving All-Star point guards.

The Wizards traded disgruntled guard John Wall and a 2023 protected first round pick to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Russell Westbrook.

Wall, 30, hasn’t played in a game since December 26, 2018, which was nearly two years ago. He was initially sidelined due to a heel injury, but ended up missing an extended period of time after he suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon when he fell at his home. The five-time NBA All-Star has averaged 19.0 points and 9.2 assists over a span of nine seasons, all with the Wizards franchise.

Westbrook’s tenure with the Rockets lasted just one season, ending in a disappointing second round loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2020 postseason. The 31-year old dealt with injuries throughout the season, and missed the start of the postseason after contracting COVID-19. The Rockets’ decision to fire their head coach and GM likely contributed to him asking for a trade earlier this offseason. Looks like his wish has been granted.

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Dr. Fauci hopeful that U.S. will be able to fill up seats in arenas by summer 2021

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Sports fans have had it tough through the whole coronavirus ordeal, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

With COVID-19 vaccines set to be available to the public in the near future, the number of positive cases will drop dramatically and the large proportion of the population will be protected from contracting the virus. That means life can finally start going back to normal, but it will still take a bit of time.

Fauci optimistically believes that professional sports leagues like the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL will safely be able to allow fans at full capacity in their respective arenas by the time summer 2021 hits. More likely though, it will be later into that season before it will be implemented.

“We’re gonna be vaccinating the highest-priority people (from) the end of December through January, February, March…By the time you get to the general public, the people who’ll be going to the basketball games, who don’t have any underlying conditions, that’s gonna be starting the end of April, May, June.” said Fauci

“So it probably will be well into the end of the summer before you can really feel comfortable (with full sports stadiums) – if a lot of people get vaccinated. I don’t think we’re going to be that normal in July. I think it probably would be by the end of the summer.”

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