The announcement by the women’s tennis circuit of its estimated dates of eventsreleased on Tuesday, said, “Details of the remaining section of the schedule will be released in due course.”
The season-ending WTA Finals are supposed to be held in Shenzhen, China until 2030, but did not take place at all in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, then moved to Guadalajara, in Mexico, in 2021, and in Fort Worth, Texas, this year.
In an interview with The Associated Press two weeks ago, tour CEO Steve Simon said he didn’t know where this event would be played in 2023, promising a decision “by the end of the first quarter of next year”.
“We’re hoping that’s where we’re going to be,” he said of Shenzhen, “but obviously we have some issues to work out.”
He named two problems: Peng Shuai situation and ongoing restrictions related to COVID-19.
A year ago, the WTA suspended all of its tournaments in China over concerns over the safety of Peng, a Grand Slam doubles champion who accused a former government official of sexual assault. Simon wanted a full and transparent investigation into her allegations and a chance for the tour to communicate with her, which has yet to happen.
Peng immediately disappeared from public view, then attempted to recant. She is not leaving China and made carefully orchestrated appearances at the Beijing Olympics in February.
The portion of the schedule released so far includes new tournaments in Austin, Texas, and Merida, Mexico in February.