The tour events in China were officially cancelled Thursday night, as announced by both tours.
The ATP will not hold their Shanghai Masters this year along with Beijing. But, the WTA was hit hard. The tour which invested heavily in China, lost seven more events in that country including its lucrative year-end finals in Shenzhen.
“We are extremely disappointed that our world-class events in China will not take place this year,” stated Steve Simon, WTA Chairman and CEO. “Unfortunately, this decision also includes the cancellation of the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen and as result, the corresponding Porsche Race to Shenzhen. We do however respect the decision that has been made and are eager to return to China as soon as possible next season.”
The WTA will revamp its fall line-up and may still hold events in Korea and Japan, but hope of a Finals replacement is very slim. And with the loss of revenue from those events in China, the talk continues to swirl over a merger between the WTA/ATP tours.
The ATP, which hasn’t announced events past the French, is expected to release an updated calendar shortly.
Pro tennis offically returns on August 3 in Palermo.
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