ASB Classic director adjusting to starting the year without the tournament

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Newstalk ZB,
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Sat, 2 Jan 2021, 4:16PM
ASB Classic tournament director Karl Budge. (Photo / Photosport)
ASB Classic tournament director Karl Budge. (Photo / Photosport)

ASB Classic director adjusting to starting the year without the tournament

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sat, 2 Jan 2021, 4:16PM

A very unfamiliar start to 2021 for ASB Classic director Karl Budge.

This time of year typically marks the start of the women's draw at the tennis tournament, and a week before the men's one gets underway.

But in October - due to Covid-related concerns - the event had to be cancelled for 2021, ridding New Zealand of its premier tennis event.

Budge admitted to Elliot Smith it hurts.

"It's obviously been a tough year for a lot of people in our industry. A lot of great events weren't able to go ahead, but we've been really buoyed by theĀ support we've had."

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