WTA responds to rumors WTA Finals is going to Saudi Arabia in 2024

Saudi Arabia didn't get to host the 2023 WTA Finals but they reportedly remain keen on hosting the season-ending tournament.

by Dzevad Mesic
WTA responds to rumors WTA Finals is going to Saudi Arabia in 2024
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The WTA claims "no decision" has yet been made regarding the 2024 WTA Finals location. Saudi Arabia, which was heavily rumored for months as the location for the 2023 season, ultimately wasn't picked as the host country for this year's season-ending tournament.

But Saudi Arabia remains keen on hosting the WTA Finals as rumors have circulated over the last couple of days that the Kingdom and the WTA are closing in on a multiyear deal. Reuters reached out to the WTA representatives regarding the rumors that Saudi Arabia is set to get the multiyear right to host the prestigious season-ending tournament.

"We are in discussions with various groups surrounding the 2024 WTA Finals and beyond and have not made any decisions at this time. As with all WTA decisions, we are working closely with players and focused on continuing to build a strong future for women's tennis," the WTA said in an email to Reuters.

The WTA was heavily criticized for not picking the WTA Finals location earlier

It took until September for the WTA to announce Cancun as the 2023 WTA Finals host. In Cancun, the participants weren't happy at all about the court conditions and tricky weather.

The WTA received some harsh criticism and many warned that WTA simply must have a location for the WTA Finals in place earlier. After receiving some pretty harsh criticism from players, WTA CEO Steve Simon sent a letter to the participants. "First and foremost, it is clear that you are not happy with the decision to be here in Cancun.

I understand that and you have been heard. As I have reflected to you, this is not where we expected to be and the decision for this location was based upon a number of complicated factors. It is not a perfect event, we understand the conditions are a challenge and the WTA will of course accepts responsibility for that," WTA CEO Simon wrote in his letter to the players. It remains to be seen if Saudi Arabia will indeed get the right to host the WTA Finals in 2024.

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