Tennis News: Due to the deadlock over the Peng Shuai problem, the WTA has announced a new tournament calendar for the 2022 season, with no events taking place in China.
Last month, the Tour stated that it was still seeking to resolve the dispute with China over the Peng Shuai case and that it would not return to China this year.
After posting a message on social media in November accusing China’s ex-Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault, the former world No. 1’s safety became a major issue.
Peng later clarified that her message had been misinterpreted. Peng then vanished from public view once the post was withdrawn.
The WTA then decided to cancel all of its events in China, a decision that will cost the elite women’s tour millions of dollars in broadcasting and sponsorship.
Because there are no tournaments in China this season, the autumn schedule features a new WTA 1000 event in Guadalajara, Mexico in October and a WTA 500 event in San Diego, California earlier in the month. A WTA 250 tournament will also be held in Tunisia.
“The 2022 WTA fall calendar will provide a robust amount of job opportunities for players in a regional calendar flow that will take us through to the end of the season,” WTA chief Steve Simon said in a statement.
The WTA said it would publish revisions to the calendar soon, including the location of the WTA Finals, which will be held the week of October 31. Last year’s competition was held in Guadalajara.
The absence of WTA events this year is just another setback for China, which has already withdrawn from hosting the 2023 Asian Cup soccer tournament owing to the COVID-19 situation in the country.
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