Event 2020 canceled
For this year’s edition (30.10./01.11.2020), the line-up of the event »COACH THE COACHES«, traditionally based in Basel, Switzerland, read like a »Who’s Who« of the worldwide children’s tennis experts. The accommodation for the numerous international speakers and the registered participants of the workshop had been booked and the supporting programme had already been organised down to the smallest detail. When the two initiators, Kai Gerber and Reimar Bezzenberger, finally plan and carry out something, it is known to have both hands and feet. Like all event organisers around the globe, the well-rehearsed Gerber/Bezzenberger duo has of course been following the development of the Corona location for months with a keen eye. Now the two tennis enthusiasts have made a decision.
“Not an easy decision…”
“Despite all the euphoria and anticipation of what is sure to be another unique event, it is of course extremely strenuous and also nerve-racking to weigh up what could and could not be done at the end of October,” emphasises Kai Gerber in an interview with “Tennisredaktion.de”. “We have waited really long with our decision whether Coach the Coaches can take place this year or not and the decision was certainly not easy for us. Nobody can look into the future and, above all, correctly assess potential danger situations for all those involved so far in advance of the event and, in addition, implement all the necessary safety and distance measures on site in compliance with the law, seems almost impossible for us at a very informal event like Coach the Coaches”, Gerber continues.
“New start in 2021!”
And our colleague Reimar Bezzenberger also sees the security of the Basel event at risk: “Our event in Basel is characterised by the fact that the facets of children’s tennis are conveyed at first hand and are further deepened in the subsequent personal and intensive exchange. Networking is practically impossible live under Corona conditions. In addition, numerous speakers and workshop participants would most likely have to be quarantined after the event or would not be allowed to enter at all. In view of these facts and the current negative development in the Corona area, I think it makes sense for all parties involved to cancel this year’s event, in order to hopefully be able to start again next year.
A new date has already been set: “See You in Basel” will therefore not be announced again until next year. The 3rd edition of »COACH THE COACHES« has already been scheduled for the weekend of 29th to 31st October 2021. For further information, please contact the official media partner of »COACH THE COACHES«, »Tennisredaktion.de«.