According to the Spanish sports paper Marca, the WTA is set to rename to event categories to align with those of the ATP.
Categories for next year on the women’s tour will change from Premier Mandatory, Premier 5, Premier, International and $125K to the ATP’s format of 1000s, 500s and 250s.
How they transfer and ensuing point system is unclear, but an official announcement from the WTA is expected next week.
With the virus and events cash-strapped, it makes sense of tournaments with both men and women to align. But will the tours? That’s unlikely given sponsor deals and other interests, although the WTA is said to have lost a lot of money due to the cancellation of their Asian swing and maybe the ATP will help them in some fashion contingent upon them adopting the ATP category structure.
Also, the WTA Madrid event has already announced that the event will run two weeks. And the ATP is looking at making all 1000 events in 2022 2-week stops with the second week being home to 250s.
Of course these are plans provided there is a quick end to this pandemic which continues to rage across the globe.
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