BENGALURU -- The WTA is yet to decide on a venue for its 2024 season-ending Finals, the governing body of women's tennis said, amid growing speculation the championship is headed to Saudi Arabia.
Cancun was named the venue for this year's edition less than two months before it began on Oct. 29. The Mexico event drew heavy criticism from world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka over the standard of organization.
Multiple media outlets have reported the Finals are set to move to Saudi Arabia, and the BBC reported that negotiations were in the late stages, with both parties keen on a multiyear deal.
"We are in discussions with various groups surrounding the 2024 WTA Finals and beyond and have not made any decisions at this time," a WTA spokesperson said in an email to Reuters. "As with all WTA decisions, we are working closely with players and focused on continuing to build a strong future for women's tennis."
Shenzhen hosted the 2019 WTA Finals as part of a lucrative 10-year deal, but the event was cancelled the following year due to COVID-19 and moved to Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2021.
The tournament was expected to return to Shenzhen in 2022, but the WTA suspended tournaments in China due to concerns over the treatment of former doubles world No. 1 Peng Shuai.
Fort Worth, Texas, hosted the tournament that year and drew sparse crowds.
The men's ATP Tour said in August its Next Gen Finals for under-21 players would be held in Jeddah from 2023 to 2027, marking its first official tournament in the Gulf state.
Information from Reuters was included in this report.
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