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Hope for tennis

SHANGHAI AFP: Women’s tennis officials are still hopeful of holding tournaments in China this year, despite authorities calling off most international sports events in 2020 because of the coronavirus.

Thursday’s announcement from China’s highest sporting body appears to be a severe blow to a number of major sports, particularly Formula One, tennis and golf. The General Administration of Sport said that, except for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic test events “and other important events, in principle, no other international sports events will be held this year”.

The Women’s Tennis Association would be particularly badly affected because it has seven tournaments pencilled in for China in October-November in the proposed provisional calendar.

That includes the richly symbolic Wuhan Open -- in the city where the coronavirus emerged late last year, before spreading globally -- and the season-ending WTA Finals in Shenzhen.