Unfortunately, due to a rise in coronavirus cases in France and a change to travel restrictions, the IWT Paris Open has been cancelled for 2020.
The tournament was due to take place in Montreuil, Paris, France from the end of 24th to 25th October.
It becomes the latest victim to the pandemic after the SWT Racketfest and World Team and Singles Championships were cancelled last week.
Although disappointing that the tournament has been cancelled, the organising team have already confirmed that the IWT Paris Open will be returning to the FIR World Tour in 2021. The date is yet to be confirmed.
“We are waiting to see you again…”
Tournament Director Josselin Gade said, “The reflection was long during the summer, in order to be able to analyze the evolution of this difficult context.
“Since the launch of our national tournament in Montreuil (at the end of August), the situation is getting worse and the measure are more and more strict. The last tournament has been able to be maintained but in difficult conditions.
“A tournament on an international scale requires more conditions and it is certain that the number of players would be very limited. We also risk a cancellation by October depending on the situation.
“The RMC team, but also in consultation with Racketlon France, has decided to cancel the IWT Paris Open this year.
“We thank you for your understanding. We are waiting to see you again and to relive good moments together. I wish you all good luck.”
That leaves the 2020 FIR World Tour with four tournaments open for entry. The FIR World Doubles Championships, IWT Czech Open, SWT 14, Austrian Open – Super World Tour Finals presented by GRAWE sidebyside and IWT Club La Santa Open are all still scheduled to take place. More information is available about each of those tournaments here.
In mid-September FIR President Duncan Stahl is hoping to announce information about the 2021 FIR World Tour. This will include some of the first tournaments scheduled to take place.
Sam Barker / FIR Media Officer