Cornonavirus sees Hunstanton Lawn Tennis Tournament in Norfolk cancelled for second successive year
The 2021 Hunstanton Lawn Tennis Tournament has been cancelled due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Britain’s largest tennis tournament, which was due to take place in August, has now fallen foul of the pandemic for a second successive year.
The committee has reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the event, which annually attracts more than 1,200 competitors to play junior and senior events at the Recreation Ground, due to the the continued uncertainty and the recent rise in positive cases.
A statement from the organisers said: "It is with a heavy heart that we sadly announce the cancellation of the 2021 Hunstanton Lawn Tennis Tournament.
"Throughout our planning, the tournament committee has remained extremely mindful of the advice and information from the Government, the Lawn Tennis Association, and the local authorities concerning the step-by-step approach out of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.
"With the postponement of Step 4 on the Government Roadmap, the continued uncertainty, and the recent rise in positive cases we feel that we cannot safely put on this year’s tournament.
"The Committee’s concerns were solely based on the health and safety of the players, spectators, and especially the residents of Hunstanton and the surrounding village communities.
"We thank you for your support and look forward to trying again in 2022 to finally celebrate our centenary year."
The tournament was due to include a celebration of the event’s centenary and it is hoped this will be done in 2022 when the event takes place between August 14 and August 22.
Last year was the first year the event had not taken place since it was revived in 1950 after the Second World War.