The men’s ATP Tour will host four tournaments in China this season, unlike the WTA women’s tour which has suspended events in the region due to concerns over the treatment of former doubles world number one Peng Shuai and the safety of other players. The ATP Chengdu Open, Zhuhai Championships, China Open and Shanghai Masters will be held in China between September and October.
“The ATP continues to take a fluid approach to the schedule and the schedule remains subject to change,” the tour said in a statement when releasing its schedule for the second half of 2022. In December, the WTA announced that she would suspend events in China, a move applauded by many in the tennis community that could cost the women’s circuit hundreds of millions of dollars in broadcast and sponsorship.
Peng’s wellbeing became a matter of global concern after she appeared to allege on social media in November that a former Chinese vice premier, Zhang Gaoli, had sexually assaulted her. The post was quickly deleted, and Peng disappeared from public view for almost three weeks.
Peng, who appeared briefly at the Beijing Winter Olympics this month, denied accusing anyone of sexual assault. The ATP 250 event in the Russian city of St. Petersburg has been moved to Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday granted official recognition to two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, sparking Western condemnation and stoking fears of a military clash in the region.
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