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Tennis association is looking for a replacement location in Shenzhen for WTA Finals
08.16 am: Tennis organization WTA is looking for a replacement location for the WTA Finals, the year-end tournament for the eight best players of the season. The WTA has a contract with the Chinese city of Shenzhen until 2030 for the organization of the ‘Finals’, but is avoiding China for the time being because of the situation surrounding Peng Shuai. The women’s tennis association presented the calendar for the second part of the year and there are no tournaments in China.
The location of the WTA Finals, which starts at the end of October, is still open. Last year, the final tournament took place in the Mexican city of Guadalajara, then due to the corona situation in China.
The WTA decided at the end of last year not to hold any tournaments in China until further notice. The reason for this was the situation surrounding the Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, who accused former Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli of sexual abuse via the social medium Weibo. Her message soon disappeared from the internet and nothing more was heard from the now retired doubles specialist.
After the WTA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) among others intervened, Peng reappeared in the public eye. However, concerns about her well-being and freedom persisted. Peng met IOC President Thomas Bach during the Beijing Winter Games in February.
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