The women’s (WTA) and men’s (ATP) tennis circuits announced this Thursday the cancellation of tournaments in China Y Japan scheduled for this year due to concerns about the coronavirus and travel restrictions to both countries.
In separate statements, the WTA and ATP explained that the China Open in Beijing and the tournament Tokyo have been canceled.
The WTA said that all events in China and Japan have been suspended except for the Masters, which brings together the best players of the season and will take place in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. The status of this tournament is “under discussion”, as clarified by the WTA.
Meanwhile, the ATP claimed that the Shanghai Masters 1,000 could still be held in October, the week before Indian Wells (USA), which will be held October 10-17 after cancellation on its traditional March dates.
“We are working on an alternative to provide playing opportunities in other areas, one of which is our return to Indian Wells,” explains the official note.
The WTA explained at the same time that an additional tournament had been added to the 2021 calendar: the Chicago Women’s Open, the week of August 23, just before US Open in New York.
The ATP also revealed that their tournament scheduled in Marrakech, the Hassan II Grand Prix, had also been canceled after being postponed.
Indian Wells organizers have said the tournament will offer a total prize pool of $ 15.3 million (€ 12.9 million), the highest for a combined ATP and WTA event outside of the Grand Slams since the inception of the pandemic.
Fans, media, staff and sponsors attending the tournament will be required to show valid proof of vaccination to attend matches, while additional tests and masks may be required depending on the sanitary conditions of the area in the venue. timing of the tournament.