IC Council News

February 2021
Cancellation of the proposed Legends Event

Cancellation of the proposed Legends Event

After a lot of soul searching, discussion and in the end failure to come up with positive answers to many tricky questions, it is with a huge amount of regret that we have decided to cancel the proposed inaugural Legends event. You will recall that we postponed the event in 2020 and hoped to hold it this year, but the circumstances that we still find ourselves in, leave us with very little or no alternative but to cancel.

The situation regarding the Covid pandemic both here and around the world has left far too many questions unanswerable for us to consider holding the event. We also owe a huge responsibility to those players who would be taking part to ensure their complete safety at all times.

Travel to and from South Africa is still difficult with some countries still reluctant to operate a service and then if players could get here what quarantine stipulations would be in place to say nothing of possible quarantine when they return home. 

Chairman Mike Dunk issued the following statement.

“It is with a heavy heart that we have come to the decision to cancel our Legends event. Sad to say there are far too many unanswerable questions surrounding the holding of such an event under the current situation. It is still our ardent hope that in time we can re look at staging such a unique event for the benefit of the whole IC movement, but when that will be, time will decide. I wish to pay a huge tribute and thanks to both Leonie Grondel, who conceptualized the event and Lorna Krog for the massive amount of planning, thought and dedication in trying to get the event to fruition, but outside forces have conspired against them. Their efforts, sadly, came to nought but I extend my sincere gratitude for their diligence and commitment to the task. Where would we be without two such dedicated people as Leonie and Lorna.”

It is planned that later in the year we will be in a position to hold a dinner to honour the Legends of South African tennis which was planned as part of the original event. 


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