The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour has cancelled the women's Kunming Open tennis tournament scheduled to begin in April in China’s Anning city due to the coronavirus outbreak, the tour said in a statement.
“This decision has been made in the best interest of our players, tournament and WTA staff and fans. We look forward to competing in Anning in 2021 along with the 2020 WTA events that are scheduled to take place this fall.
We continue to communicate with medical experts as information evolves on this virus and we will continue to remain vigilant in managing this challenging situation." The event was scheduled for April 27 to May 3 this year and was to be played on clay courts, featuring 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams in the draw.
This is the second $125K series event on the WTA Tour to be cancelled because of the virus after the WTA also cancelled the Xi’an Open a few weeks ago. The flu-like coronavirus has resulted in the death of more than 3,000 people and infected more than 89,000 globally after originating in China late last year.
There are several WTA events yet scheduled in the coming months in China including tournaments in Zhengzhou, Jiangxi, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Beijing, Tianjin and Zhuhai in September and October. The top eight women's singles players also come together in the season-ending WTA Finals in Shenzhen from November 1 to November 8th.