He mural drawn by tennis in this 2020 is still cracking to pieces Over the weeks due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19 and the last to collaborate has been China. The Asian country has decided to break this mural a little more, limiting all the international events that take place within its borders, including that of the racket.
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The General Administration of Sport, the government agency responsible for sports in the Asian country, announced this Thursday, through an official statement, that It will not host international sporting events until 2021.
This decision affects many other sports, but tennis will once again be one of the most affected. Yes, the impact is quite different for the ATP and the WTA. At the moment neither of the two organizations has ruled on the matter.
Men’s tennis, which had not yet announced the entire full schedule for this year, will lose four new appointments: two ATP 250 (Chengdu and Zhuhai), one ATP 500 (Beijing) and, above all, one Masters 1000 (Shanghai).
THE WTA REMAINS WITHOUT FINALS
For its part, the WTA situation is more problematic. Its commitment to the Asian market is firm (its great source of financing) and the highest body of women’s tennis will be forced to cancel the WTA Finals from Shenhzen (November 8-15), which brings together the eight best tennis players of the year, and the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai (November 17-22).
In addition, the WTA, which has previously canceled some tournaments in China previously, will also have to void one Premier Mandatory (Beijing), two International (Nanchang and Guangzhou), one Premier 5 (Wuhan) and one Premier (Zhengshou).
Other sledgehammer for tennis that is experiencing an unprecedented season and that it could join the cancellation of the US Open 2020 due to the uncontrolled increase in positive cases in New York City. The final decision by the governing bodies in tennis will be announced in mid-July.