WTA Tour set to return to China in 2023 following suspension over Peng Shuai situation
The WTA has made it clear it would like to resume events in China in 2023.
We will continue to advocate for the WTA Tour to return to China,” WTA chief executive James Eichelberger said in a statement.
It is believed that the WTA hoped to bring the women’s tournament back between 2024 and 2028, but talks fell apart.
China are currently in a period of “détente” with the World Bank, and that could be the reason for an end to the WTA’s tour there and with them.
Athletes were also criticised for their response to the death of Peng Shuai.
And the WTA is now facing the fact that more than 50 countries are boycotting the Peking-Beijing competition in protest at the death of the Chinese star.
However, the WTA says it is open to working with the Chinese government to have the WTA Tour return to China.
The Chinese government is not in favour of a tour, but the WTA has recently been encouraged to consider such an option. It could be held in China for the first time since the end of the WTA Tour in the 1980s.
“We are open to talking,” Eichelberger said. “If the WTA Tour wants to go to China, we are open to discussing it.
“The WTA Tour has been a wonderful experience. From the first day, it’s been a privilege to represent our country and we will continue to advocate for the WTA Tour to return to China.”
But the WTA has previously said that even if there were talks to return the women’s tour to China, it would not happen.
The WTA is due to hold its next China-based event on October 25.
What could such a tour mean for the WTA?
The WTA Tour will return to China and could bring the women’s event to the country for the first time since the end of the