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Tennis: epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic, Wuhan back on the WTA calendar

The Wuhan WTA 1000 is back on the women's tennis schedule for the first time since 2019, after organizers announced it would be held in the Chinese city in October, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

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Tennis: epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic, Wuhan back on the WTA calendar

The Wuhan WTA 1000 is back on the women's tennis schedule for the first time since 2019, after organizers announced it would be held in the Chinese city in October, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

The tournament has not featured on the WTA circuit since the discovery of Covid-19 in the city, which became the site of the first lockdown of the pandemic in January 2020.

Wuhan, the hometown of former Australian Open and French Open champion Li Na, has seen the sport's popularity soar over the past two decades. Zheng Qinwen, an Australian Open finalist, also moved there as a child to train.

“We are delighted to announce the return of the WTA 1000 tournament to Wuhan and to reignite the joy of elite tennis competition in one of Asia's most dynamic cities,” said Jorge Salkeld, Vice President from the organizer Octagon Tennis, according to comments reported by the Xinhua news agency.

The tournament will take place from October 7 to 13 at the Optics Valley International Tennis Center in Wuhan.

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