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WTA announces calendar for start of 2022 including first axed China event

The WTA have released the calendar for the upcoming season up to and including Wimbledon, with a notable absence in January.

Normally, the Shenzhen Open occupies a slot in the opening week of the calendar of the WTA tour.

However, after the WTA suspended all events in China in the wake of the ongoing situation concerning Peng Shuai, that tournament will not go ahead in 2022.

China usually holds a number of other tournaments in September and October, a time in the calendar not yet covered by the scheduling update.

Wimbledon 2022 will run from 27th June to 9th July, which is where the current calendar update ends.

“The 2022 WTA tour calendar will once again provide a prestigious stage for the world’s best female tennis players to compete on,”  WTA chairman and CEO Steve Simon said.

“We are excited to get the new season underway and build on the popularity and legacy of our tournaments, while watching our stars and emerging talent showcase their skills to over 850 million fans worldwide.”

To start the year, Australia will host five WTA tour events in the lead-up to the Australian Open.

The first three tournaments are two WTA 250 events in Melbourne and one WTA 500 event in Adelaide to be held simultaneously in the first week of the year.

Another Adelaide event, this time at 250 level, follow immediately after alongside the WTA 500 Sydney Tennis Classic before the Australian Open kicks off on 17th January.

The clay season will begin in early April with the Charleston Open in the US and the Copa Colsanitas in Bogota, Colombia. Come the grass swing, six events will precede Wimbledon.

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