Last week, the WTA Tour released an updated tournament schedule for this season, outlining the schedule after the US Open that includes a combination of established WTA tournaments and new events for 2022, but did not reveal the venue for the season-ending WTA Finals.

She [Peng Shuai] is delighted to be able to come to Europe, and to visit Lausanne, apparently, in particular, the Olympic Museum. Then also, perhaps, to watch one or the other tennis tournament. We have to see how this evolves. The contact as we have always said is ongoing. Thomas Bach, IOC President

“The 2022 WTA Fall Schedule will provide a significant amount of player employment opportunities in a regional schedule stream that will take us through the end of the season,” said Steve Simon, President and CEO. General of the WTA. “I am extremely grateful to all of our tournament organizers for their support of women’s tennis and their commitment to delivering world-class Hologic WTA Tour events.”

Significantly, no event is taking place in China as the WTA is still working to find a solution to the impasse with China over the Peng Shuai issue, and firmly maintains that the women’s tour will not return to the country this year. .

The safety of former double world No. 1 Peng became a big concern after she posted a social media post in November accusing ex-Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault, which was quickly deleted before she disappeared from public view.

The WTA then suspended its events in China, a move that is expected to cost the elite women’s tour millions of dollars in broadcast and sponsorship.

With no tournaments in China, the fall schedule includes a new WTA 1000 event in Guadalajara, Mexico in October and a WTA 500 event in San Diego, California, which will take place earlier in the month. while Tunisia will also host a new WTA 250 tournament.

This combination of file photos shows Peng Shuai at the Australian Open in 2017 and Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli (right) during a visit to Russia at the St. Petersburg International Investment Forum in 2015

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Reports said Peng has continued to talk with IOC officials since her controlled participation in the Beijing Winter Games and said she wants to travel to Europe soon, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Friday.

The fallout from Peng’s allegations last November was a serious distraction for Olympic organizers, and his interview with a French reporter in Beijing to retract his own claims, and his subsequent visits to witness medals, including with Bach, n have not erased doubts about his personal safety.

The social media hashtag “Where is Peng Shuai?” continues to circulate since February.

Asked about Peng’s well-being in an online press conference, Bach said a phone call Peng had with members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission this month was a “second or third contact with her since the Olympics.

“She is looking forward to being able to come to Europe, and to visit Lausanne, apparently, in particular, the Olympic Museum,” said the IOC leader. “Then also, perhaps, to watch one or the other tennis tournament.”

Bach noted that China’s strict public health and quarantine policies during the COVID-19 pandemic could complicate Peng’s travel plans.

“We have to see how it evolves. Contact, as we have always said, is ongoing,” he said.

Spectators wearing ‘Where’s Peng Shuai?’ T-shirts, expressing continued concern for the well-being of the former world number 1 in doubles

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Meanwhile, the absence of WTA events this year is another blow to China, which is fast becoming an international sporting wasteland after pulling out of hosting the 2023 Asian Cup soccer tournament in due to the COVID-19 situation in the country.

The move came after Asian Games organizers postponed the next edition of the multi-sport event, which was due to be held in the Chinese city of Hangzhou in September, until 2023.

The WTA said there will be further updates to the schedule, including the venue for the WTA Finals which is scheduled to take place the week of October 31. The tournament was held in Guadalajara last year.

The 2022 Hologic WTA Tour schedule updates include:

  • Week 30 (July 25) – WTA 250 BNP Paribas Poland Open moves from Gdynia to Warsaw, Poland
  • Week 37 (September 12) – WTA 250 Japan Women’s Open in Osaka, Japan
  • Week 38 (September 19) – WTA 500 Toray PPO Tennis in Tokyo, Japan and WTA 250 Hana Bank Korea Open in Seoul, South Korea
  • Week 39 (September 26) – WTA 250 Tallinn Open in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Week 40 (October 3) – WTA 500 J&T Banka Ostrava Open in Ostrava, Czech Republic and WTA 250 Jasmin Open Tunisia in Monastir, Tunisia
  • Week 41 (October 10) – WTA 500 San Diego Open in San Diego, California and WTA 250 Transylvania Open in Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Week 42 (October 17) – WTA 1000 Guadalajara Open Akron in Guadalajara, Mexico

The fall schedule will also include 12 WTA 125 events across Europe and North and South America, bringing the total number of 125 events to at least 24 this season.

Click here for the complete 2022 Hologic WTA Tour schedule.