Tennis: ATP and WTA cancel all tournaments in China



The tennis tours of the ATP and WTA continue to break tournaments in the newly adapted calendar. After the men’s opening event in Washington was canceled, a total of eleven tournaments in China were added in the fall. The decisive factor here is an order by the top sports authority in China in the course of the coronavirus pandemic to only hold very important events.

“Unfortunately, this decision also means the cancellation of the WTA finals in Shenzhen and, as a result, also affects the race there,” said WTA chief Steve Simon. Only on Thursday Simon had been optimistic about the restart of tournament life on August 3 with the tournament in Palermo.

It is actually certainly an advantage to be able to start in Europe, whereas the ATP wants to start in the current CoV “hotspot” USA or more specifically New York.

Early decision on US Open

The scene is still waiting for a decision to hold the US Open scheduled for August 31, as well as the week before the Cincinnati Masters 1000 tournament, which was relocated to the US metropolis.

After the announcement did not last until July 15, Herwig Straka, as a member of the three-member Board of Directors of ATP, now has a more concrete and apparently fixed time horizon. “There is a delay, but we will definitely know by the end of July. Until then, the US Open will decide, ”said the Styrian in an interview with the APA.

Thiem manager Herwig Straka on the US Open

Herwig Straka, the manager of Dominic Thiem, is also a member of the Board of Directors of ATP. In an ORF interview, he explained what the chances are for the US Open.

For the Dominic Thiem he manages, the current cancellations have no immediate effects. “China has never been on Dominic’s radar like this.” The 26-year-old third in the world rankings is primarily waiting for information from New York, his other fix points are the French Open and the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.

ATP boss shows understanding

The China cancellations at ATP level relate to Shanghai, a Masters 1000 tournament, Beijing, a 500 tournament, and the 250 events in Zhuhai and Chengdu. ATP boss Andrea Gaudenzi showed understanding for China’s decision. “During the pandemic, we always said that we would follow the local guidelines for the events.” The tour continues to work on a revised 2020 calendar. This update should take place within the next 14 days, probably after the US Open Decision.

At the WTA, on the other hand, China’s heavy-handedness turns into boomerang in autumn. “This is difficult for the WTA,” said Straka. “You have to think that you will play the final somewhere.” Without the final tournament, another essential fixed point would be missing in this shortened season. Upper Austria Ladies in Linz is still on schedule, but still without a fixed date.


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