TOI confirmed that the Asian events WTA and ATP’s scheduled are axed in China and Japan according to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and travel restrictions in both countries.
As per the separate schedule of the WTA and ATP, the China Open in Beijing and the Japan Open in Tokyo have been scrapped. The WTA said that all events in China and Japan had been cancelled, except the WTA finals that might take place in the Southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.
Steve Simon, chief of WTA said, “We are disappointed that our world-class events in China and Japan will not be in action this year. We are working on a parallel path to provide playing opportunities in other regions, one being our return to the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells as we look forward to this two-week event in October. We would like to acknowledge the efforts made by our affected tournaments with all possibilities to stage the events this year and their continued commitment to the WTA.”
WTA also announced that an additional tournament had been added to the 2021 calendar, the Chicago Women’s Open, on the week of August 23, just ahead of the US Open in New York. Also, the additional testing depends upon COVID-19 conditions in the region at the time of the tournament.