WTA schedule adds Mexico, excludes China

By Barry Janoff

May 17, 2022: The Hologic WTA Tour has released an updated tournament calendar for the 2022 season, with a year-end schedule that includes a mix of established WTA tournaments and new events for 2022.

A new 1000 Masters event is scheduled for October in Guadalajara, Mexico, as well as the return of the San Diego Open 500.

There are no events in China on the program yet.

These currently include the WTA Finals at the end of the season, which were held in Guadalajara last year but were originally scheduled for this year in Shenzhen; and the WTA Elite Trophy that was scheduled for Zhuhai.

The WTA said additional updates to the calendar are “expected and will be provided in due course, including the location of the WTA Finals to be held the week of October 31.”

Last December, the WTA announced that it would suspend all events and tournaments in China due to the situation surrounding Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai.

WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon’s decision comes after weeks of concerns about the health and safety of Chinese player Peng Shuai.

“Although we now know where Peng is, I have serious doubts that she is free and safe and not subject to censorship, coercion and intimidation,” Simon wrote in an open letter published on the WTA website at the time.

“The WTA was clear on what is needed here and we reiterate our call for a full and transparent investigation – without censorship – into the sexual assault allegation by Peng Shuai.”

In March, in what has been dubbed the “largest global sponsorship in WTA history,” the Women’s Pro Tennis Tour signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar alliance in which Hologic was named the WTA Tour’s global title sponsor and official health partner.

The pact is also the first global sponsorship for Hologic, a medical technology company based in Marborough, Massachusetts, “principally focused on improving women’s health.”

The global title sponsorship is the first for the WTA since Sony Ericsson in 2010.

“The 2022 WTA fall calendar will provide players with a robust set of employment opportunities in a regional calendar flow that will take us through the end of the season,” Simon said of the WTA.

“I am extremely grateful to all of our tournament organizers for their support of women’s tennis and their dedication to hosting world-class Hologic WTA Tour events.”

Updates to the 2022 Hologic WTA Tour calendar include:

• 12 WTA 125 events across Europe and North and South America, bringing the total of 125 events this season to at least 24.

• July 25 WTA 250 BNP Paribas Poland Open moved from Gdynia to Warsaw, Poland (July 25)

• Women’s WTA 250 Japan Open in Osaka, Japan (September 12)

• WTA 500 Toray PPO Tennis in Tokyo, Japan; and WTA 250 Hana Bank Korea Open in Seoul, South Korea (September 19)

• WTA 250 Tallinn Open in Tallinn, Estonia (Sep. 26)

WTA 500 J&T Banka Ostrava Open in Ostrava, Czech Republic; and WTA 250 Jasmin Open Tunisia in Monastir, Tunisia (Oct. 3)

• WTA 500 San Diego Open and WTA 250 Transylvania Open in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (Oct. 10)

• WTA 1000 Guadalajara Open Akron in Guadalajara, Mexico (Oct. 17).

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