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WTA, ATP tennis cancel all tournaments in China over coronavirus

WTA, ATP tennis cancel all tournaments in China over coronavirus”

It was reported earlier this month that China will cease to host any worldwide event for the rest of the year, following a directive from its General Administration of Sports to keep the pandemic in check.

The ATP has officially announced that there won't be any Tour events taking place in China this year after the Chinese government mandated that no global sporting events will take place in the country for the remainder of the year. Unfortunately, this decision also includes the cancellation of the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen and as a result, the corresponding Porsche Race to Shenzhen.

The WTA Finals in Shenzhen and the Shanghai Masters were prime among the tennis tournaments to fall as the sport, struggling to restart in the face of the pandemic, suffered another major blow.

Women's Tennis Association chief Steve Simon said he was "extremely disappointed" that the women's tennis tour, which has bet heavily on the China market, has had to scrap seven tournaments.

TheATP and WTA Tours have been forced to cancel their Asian Swing events in China this year, following the Chinese Government banning all sporting events for the rest of 2020 due to Coronavirus restrictions. This decision came in the wake of the COVID-19 situation.

"Our approach throughout this pandemic has been to always follow local guidance when staging events". He also stated that WTA respects China's decision.

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The WTA Tour is now planning to resume its 2020 season with the Palermo Ladies Open in Italy on 3rd August.

Other Chinese tournaments removed from this year's WTA Tour schedule include the China Open in Beijing, the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, the Jiangxi Open in Nanchang, the Zhengzhou Open, and the season-ending Guangzhou Open. "We'll look forward to 2021 and be back", Simon told Reuters this week when asked about the prospect of the Finals being canceled.

"We have other contingency plans in place for events ... to hopefully replace some of that business but we'll see where those discussions continue".

It is eager to return to China as soon as possible next season.

Shanghai is also scheduled to host an array of sporting events this year, including a round of the Formula One world championship and golf's WGC-HSBC Champions and Buick LPGA. The latter will instead launch at the brand new Top Seed Open in Lexington, alongside a couple of clay tournaments in Europe.



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