WTA Finals and other major tennis tournaments in China canceled

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Eleven men’s and women’s tennis tournaments which are going to be scheduled in China in October and November including the WTA Finals were canceled Thursday due to global Coronavirus Pandemic.

According to reports, there will be no rescheduling of any of those events, the ATP and WTA tours announced they were canceling all of the major tournaments including WTA finals. China’s General Administration of Sport conveyed the message that the country would not host any international sporting events this year because of the global pandemic.

WTA chairman Steve Simon said. “We are extremely disappointed that our world-class events in China will not take place this year due to coronavirus outbreak,”

Simon added, “We do, however, respect the decision that has been made,” “and are eager to return to China as soon as possible next season.”

His group called off seven women’s tournaments, and the ATP wiped four men’s events, including its only Masters 1000 tournament in Asia.

“Our approach throughout this pandemic has been to always follow local guidance when staging any events around the world. We respect the Chinese government’s decision to do what’s best for the country in response to the unprecedented global situation,”

ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said. “we disheartened to announce ATP tournaments will not be played in China this year.”

The men’s tour said it will continue to try to work on arranging a tour calendar for the latter stages of this year, including the ATP Finals scheduled for November.

All the major tennis tournaments have been halted since March because of the pandemic, and both tours are rescheduled to resume in August. ATP canceled its tournament that was scheduled this week at Washington, with qualifying round to begin from Aug. 13.

The WTA still aspire to return to high flying action in Palermo, Italy, on Aug. 3.

The US Open will be going to the next Grand Slam tournament of the year, which is supposed to resume in New York on Aug. 31. The French Open has been postponed from May to late September.

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