— Published 7 September 2022

The US before China

The WTA is heading to the United States. The Women’s Tennis Association announced on Tuesday 6 September that the Masters will be held this year in Fort Worth, Texas. The competition, which brings together the top eight singles players and the top eight doubles players, will take place from 31 October to 7 November. But the WTA said in a statement that the tournament could return to China in 2023. Under a long-term agreement between the WTA and the Gemdale Corporation, the Finals were to be held in Shenzhen between 2019 and 2028. But the Peng Shuai affair (pictured above) disrupted the established order, with the international organisation taking the decision to remove all events planned in China from its calendar. WTA vice-president Amy Binder told AFP: “The WTA continues to work on a solution in China and we hope to be able to hold tournaments in the region from 2023 onwards. But we will not compromise on our core principles to achieve this.”