The ATP, the body that oversees the men’s professional tennis circuit, revealed its calendar for the end of 2022 on Thursday, when, as in 2020 and 2021, tournaments in China were withdrawn due to Covid-19, and replaced with six new ones. Including one in Israel.
“The ATP confirms that the Shanghai Masters 1000, Beijing, Chengdu and Zhuhai tournaments will not be held in 2022 due to Covid-19 restrictions,” it said in a statement.
“This is the third year in a row that the Chinese Tour, which usually takes place in September and October, and whose last edition dates back to 2019, before the epidemic, has been canceled,” the ATP recalled.
To replace these canceled tournaments, the ATP granted six events, “for one year only,” ATP 250 tournament status.
These are the tournaments in San Diego, September 19-25, Seoul, September 26-2• Read also: Eugenie Bouchard is not registered in the US OpenOctober, from Tel Aviv, Florence and Gijon, from October 10 to 16, and from Naples from October 17 to 23.
In addition, the ATP, Nur-Sultan Championships, October 3-10, added the transition from the ATP 250 class to the ATP 500 class with permanent championship status, replacing the St. Petersburg Championship.
“Course cancellations are now a part of our daily lives, and we wish the best for the affected tournaments and the fans affected. At the same time, it is very encouraging to see how many cities are ready to host tournaments,” said ATP President, former player Andrea Gaudenzi.
“It demonstrates global interest in our sport and underscores our strategy to quickly adapt to events that change the course of the season.”
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