— Published 8 September 2023

Women’s Masters heads to Cancun

The Women’s Tennis Masters heads for Mexico. The WTA announced on Thursday September 7 that the next edition of the tournament would be held from October 29 to November 5, 2023 in Cancun. The women’s professional players’ association explained in a press release that it had studied several bids before selecting the Mexican seaside city, basing its decision on “a number of parameters including logistical hosting of players, transport accessibility, capacity to accommodate the public and a commitment to supporting and showcasing women’s tennis.” The Chinese city of Shenzen was a candidate to host the Masters, now renamed the WTA Finals, but was not selected. The WTA also ruled out the idea of staging the tournament in Saudi Arabia, an option that had long held sway before sparking controversy, with several former players including Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova taking a public stance against the possibility. The Association of Professional Players (ATP) did not have the same reservations. Last month, it announced that the Next Gen Masters, open to the season’s best players under the age of 22, would be held until 2027 in the Saudi city of Jeddah.