WTA Tour set to return to China in 2023 following suspension over Peng Shuai situation
The WTA Tour is about to get a new year. From January 2019—the beginning of the new year—the WTA Tour will be suspended over the issue of China’s most famous player Peng Shuai, who has been left banned for 5 years over her involvement in a scandal which led to the death of a male player, and has been accused for assault—but for this, we do hope that 2018 will go as far as possible.
The WTA Tour will return to China in 2023—even though the current WTA Tour is suspended over the issue of Peng Shuai, because the event has only been held in China four times (in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2016). The new WTA Tour that begins in 2022 has, however, received a large number of positive comments and votes across a wide range of social media platforms, which confirms once again that the WTA Tour is an important part of the popular entertainment market in China and will continue to grow.
With this, the Chinese public will once again be able to enjoy the WTA Tour in its entirety, which is one of the major attractions of the event, and which we hope will remain unchanged for many years to come.
2018: The WTA Tour finally returns to China
When the WTA Tour returned to China in 2006—after four disappointing years—the public found that the number of spectators attending the event was very poor; only 4,000 spectators were present and the rest were in the nearby Tianhe Garden Park or elsewhere around the city, making the event very difficult to experience.
With the new format for the WTA Tour in 2010 the public once again found they were able to watch the event at its best.
The final event took place on Wednesday, 22 December, with the final day of the WTA Tour. The event had already been decided, because the first event in China did not take place in