The 2021 WTA Finals will be held in Mexico, specifically in Guadalajara. Due to travel restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, Shenzhen will return to host the important event in 2022. WTA president Steve Simon said: "I would like to extend my appreciation to the tournament organizers in Guadalajara and Octagon for their commitment to hosting the WTA Finals this season.
would also like to express my gratitude to the Gemdale Corporation of Shenzhen for the cooperation: we are looking forward to returning to China in 2022 to enjoy the WTA finals of the next decade." The choice made by the Women’s Tennis Association has received several criticisms from players and professionals.
In particular, Craig Tyzzer, coach of world number one Ashleigh Barty, expressed his concerns about the decision made by the WTA in an interview with the Reuters news agency.
Ashleigh Barty's coach: "WTA Finals in Mexico? Ridiculous choice"
Tyzzer explained: "The tournament will be played in Mexico, 1500 meters above sea level with less pressurized balls, which when used in normal conditions do not bounce.
We have never played in such conditions and I think it's ridiculous. It will be a terrifying sight. We were told that the tournament would be played in Hong Kong, then in Prague and suddenly pushed out that it will be in Guadalajara.
It seems as if it were the last resort, it does not convince me as a choice to promote the best players in the world, for the final show in the top eight." Tyzzer also opened up the possibility of a Barty forfeit. The two should in fact organize two long trips and undergo a 14-day quarantine before being able to move freely in their country.
He added: "We will have to sit down and reflect on the choice to make." The 2021 WTA Finals could therefore lose the main face of the major circuit. We will see what the world number one decides to do. We have to recall that in 2020 the WTA Finals were not played due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The last edition, that of 2019, was won by Ashleigh Barty against Elina Svitolina in straight sets, with the final score of 6-4 6-3.