- After the Chinese government directive, tours cancel China tournament swing
- WTA season ending finals cancelled for 2020
- Provisional calendars listed below
LONDON, UK – Following a Chinese government directive, there will be no ATP & WTA tournaments in China this year.
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Inevitably, the ATP and WTA tours have cancelled the entire China tournament swings for 2020. The Chinese government issued a directive earlier this month that no international sporting events would proceed in China for the remainder of the year.
ATP Tournaments affected
- 28 September – 4 October Chengdu Open (250)
- 28 September – 4 October Zhuhai Championships (250)
- 5-11 October China Open, Beijing (500)
- 11–18 October Rolex Shanghai Masters (Masters 1000)
ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said: “Our approach throughout this pandemic has been to always follow local guidance when staging events. We respect the Chinese government’s decision to do what’s best for the country in response to the unprecedented global situation.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we announce ATP tournaments will not be played in China this year. These important events have been a cornerstone of the Tour’s presence in Asia and I want to thank the organisers for their commitment and cooperation. Chinese fans are some of the most passionate in the world and I know players will be looking forward to the next opportunity to play in front of them.”
WTA Tournaments affected
- 12-18 October China Open, Beijing (Premier Mandatory)
- 19-25 October Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open (Premier 5)
- 19-25 October Jiangxi Open, Nanchang (International)
- 26 October – 1 November Zhengzhou Open (Premier)
- 9-15 November Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen
- 16-22 November Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai
- 23-29 November Guangzhou Open (International)
WTA Chairman & SEO Steve Simon said: “We are extremely disappointed that our world-class events in China will not take place this year.
“Unfortunately, this decision also includes the cancellation of the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen and as result, the corresponding Porsche Race to Shenzhen. We do however respect the decision that has been made and are eager to return to China as soon as possible next season.”
He continued: “We would like to acknowledge the significant efforts made by our tournaments in the region throughout this process along with the Chinese Tennis Association for their dedication and commitment to the WTA. We share in the disappointment of many around the world who were looking forward to this swing and appreciate all of the continued support from our fans, partners and the entire region, as we continue to navigate the remainder of the 2020 season.”
With uncertainty still hanging over certainly the levels of global participation at the US Open, it looks like the end of the tennis season will come early, and in Europe, where COVID-19 cases have fallen considerably, and is under better control that the USA.
The WTA Tour is set to restart on 3 August in Palermo
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