The WTA has been forced to cancel every remaining scheduled event in China this year, including the season-ending WTA Finals in Shenzhen, in what could prove to be a devastating financial blow for the governing body of women’s tennis.
China’s General Administration of Sport decided that no international sporting events would be held in China in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
While the ATP will lose events in Beijing, Chengdu, Zhuhai as well as the Shanghai Masters, the WTA has significantly more skin in the game.
Events in Beijing – a premier mandatory touranment, Wuhan, Nanchang, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai and Guangzhou have all been scrapped along with the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, with the latter a particularly telling financial blow.
The finals, which sees the top-eight singles and doubles pairings compete, is a major source of revenue for the WTA and its cancellation will now put serious financial pressure on the organisation.
‘We are extremely disappointed that our world-class events in China will not take place this year,’ WTA chief Steve Simon said in a statement.
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