Travel restrictions scupper inaugural Gary and Vivienne Player Invitational

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Gary and Vivienne Player in the royal box on centre court on day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Nigel French/PA Images via Getty Images)
Gary and Vivienne Player in the royal box on centre court on day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Nigel French/PA Images via Getty Images)

The Gary and Vivienne Player Foundation Invitational, in partnership with the Sunshine Tour, has been postponed due to travel restrictions recently placed on South Africa.

The inaugural competition was set to tee off in the new year at The Lost City Golf Course at Sun City from January 22-23. 

The invitational is a tribute to the life and legacy of the late Vivienne Player, who died in August this year, and a money-raising event for the Blair Atholl Pre-Primary School.

"Regrettably, due to the recent international travel restrictions, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the inaugural Gary and Vivienne Player Invitational. We are working with the Sunshine Tour on finding the best possible date to host this special event, in honour of my dearest Vivienne," said Gary Player.

Supported by the Sunshine Tour, the weekend would field 20 Sunshine Tour professionals, celebrities, sports stars and business leaders who would contribute to the foundation. 

"The Gary and Vivienne Player Invitational will not only be a fitting tribute to Vivienne, but it will also continue her legacy and the important work we will continue to do through the Gary and Vivienne Player Foundation," Player told SuperSport last month.

The School

Blair Atholl Pre-Primary was established in 1990 alongside the Players Blair Atholl farm in Johannesburg. The school's purpose is to educate some of the children near the farm with the goal of upliftment and development of underprivileged and vulnerable children. 

The school marked the official start of the Gary and Vivienne Player Foundation. Since its establishment, the school has grown to 125 children between the ages of three and six.

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