The 2022 China swing has been removed from the ATP Tour calendar, which has also seen the addition of six new single-year events.
The Rolex Shanghai Masters, China Open (Beijing), Chengdu Open, and Zhuhai Championships will not take place in 2022 as a result of continued COVID-19-related restrictions, according to the ATP. The ATP’s China swing, which is generally held in September and October and was most last held in 2019, before the pandemic, has been postponed for the third consecutive year.
In addition, the ATP has revealed six ATP 250 competitions that have been granted one-year event licenses for the 2022 season:
Six ATP 250 contests have also been granted one-year event licenses for the 2022 campaign, according to the ATP:
Week 38 (19-25 September): USA, San Diego (Hard)
Week 39 (26 September – 2 October): Tel Aviv, ISR; Seoul, KOR (Hard) (Indoor Hard)
Week 41 (10-16 October): Gijon, Spain; Florence, Italy (Indoor Hard) (Indoor Hard)
Naples, Italy, Week 42 (17-23 October) (Hard)
In response to event cancellations brought on by the pandemic, the ATP first granted single-year event licenses in 2020. This allowed tennis to continue to play and open up new markets.
In addition, this year’s ATP 250 Astana Open in Nur-Sultan will also serve as an ATP 500 tournament in addition to the Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo. Through the transfer and relocation of the St. Petersburg tournament, the Astana Open became a permanent ATP Tour member this season, after two editions as a single-year event in 2020 and 2021.
Currently, all remaining ATP Tour events are expected to go on as planned and conclude with the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan and the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin.
The Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan and the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin are now slated to go place as scheduled and wrap up the ATP Tour.
The ATP Chairman, Andrea Gaudenzi, stated: “As a worldwide sport, we continue to manage the pandemic’s effects. Unfortunately, event cancellations can happen, and we send our sympathies to the participants and spectators who were impacted. The fact that so many fantastic towns have stepped forward to host ATP Tour tennis this season is tremendously encouraging. This demonstrates the significant global demand for our product and supports the flexible strategy we’ve employed to adapt to rapidly changing situations. We would like to express our gratitude to all parties engaged in this process and anticipate an exciting for half the season.”