The Chinese government cancels various international tennis events of the Women’s Tennis Tour. Moreover, the Women’s Tennis Association also lost cash-rich WTA Tour championships in Shenzhen and six other events.
Furthermore, major tournaments such as the Shanghai Master and WTA Tour Finals in Shenzhen will also not play this year. For this reason, the increasing number of Coronavirus cases across the country. It acts as a blow to the tennis associations, whereby the game is looking to make a return after five long months.
Steve Simon And Andrea Gaudenzi On The Decision
Steve Simon, Chief Executive Officer of the WTA said, “We are extremely unhappy that our world-class events in China will not take place this year.” Further, he also said, “We do however respect the decision that has been made by Chinese authorities and are eager to return to China as soon as possible.”
Moreover, the other major event, Wuhan Open is also canceled. Notably, Wuhan is the center of the starting of the pandemic.
ATP said that it is too looking forward to canceling its major events. While rescheduling these events could have been an option, the ATP and WTA are canceling all the events in the country.
Andrea Gaudenzi, the ATP Chairperson said, ” Our approach throughout this pandemic has been to always follow local guidance when staging events.”
Additionally, he also said, “We respect the Chinese government’s decision to do what’s best for the country in response to the unprecedented global situation.”
Return Of WTA Tennis Tours After Months
The WTA cancels seven tournaments for women. Moreover, the ATP calls off four men’s events. It also includes the only Master 1000 event in Asia.
The men’s tour is looking to reschedule its events for the latter part of the year. Tennis is struggling to make a return after the pandemic. While some events are starting from next month, some questions remain.
The WTA is looking to make a comeback from the Palermo Open, starting on 3rd August in Italy. The US Open 2020 might also begin 31st August, although many players are undecided of their visit to the USA.