WTA Tour Announces China Will Host WTA Finals in 2023

WTA Tour set to return to China in 2023 following suspension over Peng Shuai situation

WTA Tour set to return to China in 2023 following suspension over Peng Shuai situation

The WTA Tour has announced that China will once again host the season-ending WTA Finals from 2023-24.

The five-year deal follows a decision by the WTA to suspend activities in China after the country’s Supreme Court found a journalist guilty of defamation after publishing a story about a drug test scandal that tarnished the reputation of two former tennis stars.

One of these was disgraced former world number ones Marion Bartoli and her husband Marc-Andre Fleury.

In a joint statement, the WTA and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said they are committed to hosting a world-class event in China.

“The WTA is pleased to announce that a world-class event will return to the calendar of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) for the first time in five years. The WTA Finals will be played in 2020 and 2021 with the 2021 Finals to be played in Shanghai. The 2019 Finals will be held in Hong Kong and will have an additional title sponsor to the new five-year deal announced today.

“The WTA announced today that the ITF will host the WTA Finals in 2023, and that the Finals will be held in both Shanghai and Beijing. The Championships have been held in Shanghai since 2014 and in Beijing since 2018.

“These decisions reflect our commitment to provide a compelling event for fans across China. We thank the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for its judgment.”

The deal between the WTA and the ITF comes a little over two years after the two federations agreed a five-year deal that will see both the women’s and men’s championships in China.

In a joint statement, the WTA and the ITF said they are committed to providing a world-class event for fans across China.

“The ITF and the WTA have agreed a five-year deal to bring the WTA Finals in China, and in China only. The WTA Finals has been the highest-level WTA tournament in Asia and globally and has been the most watched WTA tournament in China for the past three years in a row

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