Tennis

ATP and WTA cancel Asian tournaments

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tours have both cancelled tournaments in Asia, scheduled for later this year, amid ongoing travel restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The WTA said all tournaments usually scheduled for China and Japan will not go ahead this year.

Prior to the pandemic, the WTA held tournaments in Hiroshima and Osaka, Japan, as well as in Guangzhou, Nanchang, Wuhan Zhengzhou and Beijing in China.

The WTA said the move affects all events with the exception of the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, which is still under discussion.

To provide players with playing opportunities the WTA said efforts are being made to relocate the tournaments. The WTA Chicago Women’s Open has been added to the 2021 calendar for late August.

WTA chairman and chief executive, Steve Simon, said: “We are disappointed that our world class events in China and Japan will not take place this year. We would like to acknowledge the dedication and significant efforts made by our affected tournaments in exploring all possibilities to stage the events this year and their continued commitment to the WTA. We very much look forward to returning in 2022.”

The ATP meanwhile confirmed the China Open in Beijing and the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo, both ATP 500 events, scheduled in Week 40, have been cancelled.

However, the organisers of the Rolex Shanghai Masters, an ATP Masters 1000 event, said they intend to stage the event this season.

Both the ATP and WTA said further calendar updates will be made in the coming weeks.

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