All international women’s tennis competitions in China have been canceled by the end of the year due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Tennis Players Association (WTA) announced on Friday.
The same was decided in relation to the male ‘Masters’ in Shanghai, said the Association of Professional Tennis Players (ATP).
The decision to cancel and not to reschedule the competitions follows the announcement by the Chinese authorities to suspend international sports competitions in the country this year.
In practice, there are 11 canceled tournaments that should take place in October and November, including the WTA finals.
According to official data, since the beginning of the epidemic, China has registered 83,729 infected and 4,634 dead due to covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 627,000 deaths and infected more than 15.2 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the France-Presse news agency (AFP).
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.
After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.