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ATP cancels tennis tournaments in China in 2022 due to Covid-19 restrictions

As many as 4 tournaments, including the Shanghai Masters, in China have been scrapped off the 2022 calendar by ATP, the governing body of men’s tennis, due to Covid-19 restrictions. Shanghai Masters, China Open, Chengdu Open, and Zhuhai Championships — tournaments that usually are played after the US Open in September-October, will not be played in the ongoing calendar year, the ATP said on Thursday, July 21.

China hosted the Winter Olympics under strict health protocols in February but almost every other international sporting event in the country this year has been canceled or postponed.

As of July 20, mainland China had confirmed 228,180 cases of Covid-19 with symptoms since the pandemic first struck in December 2019. Although the number is small by global standards, authorities in China are sticking to a stringent zero-COVID policy, while other countries have relaxed their rules and chosen to live with the virus, according to Reuters news agency.

The ATP filled out that section of its calendar with six tournaments given single-year event licenses: San Diego on September 19-25; Seoul, South Korea, and Tel Aviv, Israel, on September 26 to Oct. 2; Florence, Italy, and Gijon, Spain, on October 10-16; and Naples, Italy, on October 17-23.

it is the third successive year ATP has canceled the said tournaments in China due to the Covid-19 pandemic

The women’s tour has no events scheduled in China for 2022 as the WTA works to find a resolution to the standoff with China over Peng Shuai.

Former doubles world number one Peng’s well-being became a concern for the WTA after she posted a message on social media last November accusing China’s former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault.

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