Tennis: 2021 WTA Finals moved from Shenzhen to Guadalajara

Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2018 final at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2018 final at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.PHOTO: REUTERS

FLORIDA (REUTERS) - The season-ending WTA Finals will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, instead of Shenzhen, China, this year and will begin on Nov 8, the WTA Tour said on Monday (Sept 13).

The WTA Finals, contested by the world's top eight singles players and eight doubles teams, was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In July, the WTA removed the Asian swing of tournaments from its calendar for a second successive year due to the pandemic, with only the WTA Finals' fate uncertain.

"We are excited to bring our showpiece tournament to the exciting and vibrant city of Guadalajara in this unique year," WTA chairman and CEO Steve Simon said in a statement.

"I would also like to express my gratitude to the Gemdale Corporation in Shenzhen for their cooperation and resilience, and we look forward to returning in 2022 to enjoy the WTA Finals over the next decade."

The WTA Finals is set to return to Shenzhen from 2022 and the Chinese city will host every edition until 2030.

The annual showpiece event had a prize purse of US$14 million (S$18.8 million) in 2019 when it was played in Shenzhen for the first time after ending a five-year run in Singapore.