The coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of eleven men’s and women’s tennis tournaments planned for China in October and November. This also includes the WTA finals. China’s General Administration of Sports earlier said that China wouldn’t host any international sporting events the rest of this year. This decision came in the wake of the COVID-19 situation.
The ATP and WTA hence announced that they will scrap all of the events instead of rescheduling them.
“We are extremely disappointed that our world-class events in China will not take place this year,” WTA Chairman Steve Simon said. He also stated that WTA respects China’s decision. It is eager to return to China as soon as possible next season.
“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. He announced that the ATP will not conduct any tournaments in China in 2020.