China has said it will not hold any international sports for the rest of the year, besides the trials for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing and the neighboring city of Zhangjiakou, according to The Associated Press.
This will impact the tennis events scheduled in China as well
China cancellation of sporting events affects the WTA and ATP Tour events in China
The order for cancellation of all international sporting events came from the General Administration of Sports and affects the men's and women's professional tennis tours as well.
The WTA has several events lined up in China in its provisional calendar for later this year, including its season-ending WTA Finals in Shenzhen, while ATP events are also held in China usually during the fall season. The WTA events to be affected include the China Open in Beijing, the Wuhan Open in Wuhan, the Jiangxi Open in Nanchang, the Zhengzhou Open in Zhengzhou - all tentatively scheduled in October - and the WTA Finals in Zhenzhen, the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, and the Guangzhou Open in Guangzhou - all tentatively scheduled in November as per the WTA Tour website.
Last year, the ATP Tour held four events in China during the fall season - the Chengdu Open in Chengdu, the Zhuhai Championships in Zhuhai, the China Open in Beijing and the Shanghai Masters in Shanghai which are now likely to be affected by the order.
In a statement, the WTA Tour said, "To our knowledge, the report that has been circulated regarding a principle on international sporting events in China does not represent a final decision. The WTA continues to work closely with our events in China and the CTA (Chinese Tennis Association) and we will advise when we have more information.
We remain on track with our decision timeline regarding the 2020 WTA Tour provisional calendar, which will be by the end of July." Besides tennis, other international sports have also been affected - Shanghai was also due to host two important golf events, the men’s HSBC Champions, a World Golf Championship event and the LPGA Shanghai event.
Xiamen was scheduled to host the Asian sport climbing championships in October, and Guangzhou was due to hold the Badminton World Tour Finals in December. The order also affects the Formula One’s Shanghai Grand Prix, which was postponed in April, and two cycling stage races in October, the men’s Tour of Guangxi, and the women’s Tour of Chongming Island.
The General Administration of Sports cited “science and order” in issuing its plan to proceed on Thursday. The WTA and ATP Tours have not made any comment on the same as of yet.