WTA Tour set to return to China in 2023 following suspension over Peng Shuai situation
The WTA calendar is expanding as three of its events – the China National Championships in Nanjing, the Mutua Madritani Cup in Auckland and the China Open – have been moved to 2023.
Doha, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur will miss out from the schedule for next season, with the Indian Wells and Miami events set to return.
The Australian Open will debut next year, and will be held at the All England Club’s brand new tennis centre in London in 2020.
The other main addition is the Singapore Open, which will return to a winter format at the same venue as before, Allianz Arena for the final five years of the contract.
The event has been scheduled for January every year since 2010.
“The Chinese government has been very responsive to what we have wanted to see, it has been a smooth transition. It has been great to see,” WTA CEO Stacey Allaster said of the country’s recent decision to return to the schedule.
“We all respect the way that they have changed in terms of how the sport’s been affected by all this.
“They have always been strong advocates of the game and we’re very excited to be taking part in these events next year. We’ve been looking for several years now to bring a number of events back and the plan is to do that.”
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The WTA has also agreed a new three-year broadcast deal for the event, which takes place on February 22-24, 2021.
The new deal begins with the Australian Open in 2020 – which will also be held at the All England Club – and covers six more years.
WTA is also the latest sport to be affected by the coronavirus.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday it had suspended the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, with the 2020 edition set to be held in South Korea following the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
The WTA is expected to announce the new competition calendar next week.
In the meantime, the International Tennis Federation (IT