Tennis Tourneys in China Canceled Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
The two major tennis associations have canceled the tournaments scheduled to take place in China due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Association of Tennis Professionals and the Women’s Tennis Association have ordered 11 events in the East Asian nation scrapped to prevent further infections. The chiefs of both associations have made it clear. Seven WTA events and four ATP-sanctioned tournaments were ordered scrapped. The unfortunate developments will leave WTA/ATP online bettors longing for tennis tournaments for the remainder of the year.
ATP opted to cancel their Chinese swing upon consultation with local government officials. According to ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi, they respect Beijing’s decision to shelve these tennis tournaments in response to the current situation. Shanghai Masters and China Open will have to wait. The developments represent a slight setback in sports betting and in the sport’s hopes of gaining popularity in China. The cancelations come at a time when other sports have restarted after several months of stoppage. This will greatly upset sports betting fans watching tennis tournaments around the world.
As for the WTA, their one-and-a-half-month China swing will be removed from the association’s calendar. The stretch is supposed to start with the China Open in Beijing on October 12. The main highlight of this East Asian swing is the WTA Finals in Shenzhen on November 9. All seven Chinese tennis tournaments have been canceled. This includes including the Wuhan Open set for October 19. In a statement, WTA head Steve Simon expressed disappointment over the situation. Just like in the ATP circuit, Simon said the association also consulted with the Chinese government. He likewise expressed his appreciation to fans who keep supporting the sport amid the current circumstances.
The tennis circuit has its share of ups and downs during the pandemic. There were some attempts to test if the sport can restart just like football, baseball, and basketball. The ill-fated Adria Tour held in Serbia and Croatia was one of them. World number one Novak Djokovic took part in the event and was tested positive for COVID-19. Europe will once again attempt to hold prestigious tournaments with the 31st Palermo Ladies Open in Italy on August 3. Then a week later, the Czech capital Prague will take center stage for another claycourt event. In the United States, tennis organizers have scheduled a back-to-back offering, beginning with the Cincinnati Open on August 20, and then the US Open on August 31. However, some of the stars have expressed doubts about competing in the event.
Sports events around the world have taken a big hit due to the spread of the virus. It has affected several sectors of society from the fans, who keep tabs on their favorite players, to sports betting enthusiasts, who take chances on favoring the top bet or the tournament’s longshot to earn a big fortune. There are still events to look forward to next month, and once the smoke clears, organizers will be itching to hold them for the benefit of excited fans, who bet on US Open and other tennis tournaments.