Wednesday, November 29, 2023

    Asian tennis tournament canceled due to Covid, Indian Wells in California

    Wimbledon. The WTA (Women’s) and ATP (Men’s), world tennis’ top bodies, have both canceled their tournaments to be held in China and Japan this year due to concerns over Covid-19. The Women’s Tour, however, said it was still in talks to host the WTA Finals in China. It said it had decided not to host other competitions in Asia due to concerns related to Covid-19 and travel restrictions. The ATP said organizers of the China Open in Beijing and the Japan Open in Tokyo have confirmed they have been canceled this year due to restrictions related to Covid-19.

    The men’s tour said the Morocco Open, which was postponed in April, will not take place this year either. At the same time, the Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, hit by the coronavirus pandemic, will be held in Southern California from October 4 to 17 this year.

    The tournament’s prize money will be $153 million, organizers said. In the men’s draw, 56 players will compete in singles and 28 in doubles. The women’s draw consists of 96 players in singles and 32 players in doubles. Fans must provide proof of full vaccinations to enter the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Players must follow the guidelines of ATP and WTA, the apex bodies of men’s and women’s tennis respectively.

    Earlier this competition was organized in the month of March 2019. Dominic Thiem then won the men’s title and Bianca Andreescu won the women’s title. According to the organizers, the two-week tournament will be played next year in March 2022 as scheduled.

    Tags: Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament, Indian Wells Masters, Tennis tournament cancelled, WTA Finals

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