People line up for a nucleic acid test at a mobile testing booth, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Beijing, China June 13, 2022. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

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MUMBAI, June 13 (Reuters) – Prospects for the Shanghai Masters and three other men’s tournaments taking place in China this year look bleak unless the country’s COVID-19 situation improves quickly, Reuters said. Reuters ATP President Andrea Gaudenzi. .

China hosted the Winter Olympics under strict health protocols in February, but nearly all other international sporting events in the country this year have been canceled or postponed. Read more

The four events, including the Masters, are scheduled for September and October and Gaudenzi said a decision on their fate will be made within the next month.

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“The decision will be made soon. We are discussing protocols with them and the way forward,” Gaudenzi said in an interview.

“But I think if the protocols are too strict, it will be unlikely that we can fly the players over there and do quarantines. The situation is quite difficult in China.

“We haven’t made a decision but we expect to make a decision in the coming month.”

The French Open recently took place without any health restrictions and players are unlikely to agree to go to China if there was a period of isolation.

In addition to the Shanghai Masters from October 9-16, China is set to host the Chengdu Open and Zhuhai Championships, both starting on September 26, and the China Open from October 3-9 in Beijing.

Last year, the ATP Masters event in Indian Wells was moved to October from its usual March venue to fill the void left by the cancellation of tournaments in China.

Finding such a high-profile replacement if they were to be canceled again this year was unlikely, Gaudenzi said.

“We must be prepared to readjust the calendar and find replacement single-year events if necessary, as we have done for the past two years,” Gaudenzi said.

“But there is always hope that the situation could change there as well. We will adapt as best we can.”

The women’s tour has no events scheduled in China for 2022 as the WTA works to find a solution to the standoff with China over the Peng Shuai issue. Read more

The ATP remains committed to hosting tournaments in the country and announced last week that the Shanghai Masters is one of five ATP 1000 events to be played over 12 days starting in 2023. read more

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Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; edited by Nick Mulvenney and Peter Rutherford

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