WTA tournaments in China is cancelled for 2020 season, including WTA Finals


It's a report that was easy to expect, but WTA foolishly thought that its tournaments in China could take place, at least some of them, despite China's announcement that no international sporting event would take place on its territory in 2020. For WTA, canceling Chinese tournaments means a big financial loss and they will have to rework calendar of the tournaments.


List of canceled WTA tournaments for 2020 season in China:
- Week of Oct. 12 – China Open (Beijing)
- Week of Oct. 19 – Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open
- Week of Oct. 19 – Jiangxi Open (Nanchang)
- Week of Oct. 26 – Zhengzhou Open
- Week of Nov. 9 – Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen
- Week of Nov. 16 – Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai
- Week of Nov. 23 – Guangzhou Open

Statements by Steve Simon, the WTA chairman:
"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."

"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."
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