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Saudi Arabia approaches WTA to host event

Saudi Arabia has approached the WTA about “hosting an event, possibly the Tour Finals,” but the WTA has “not entertained the prospect of a tournament there in any formal fashion.” The women’s tennis tour would “be likely to face questions" if it staged events in Saudi Arabia, where “women’s rights have been curtailed and women gained the right to drive only in 2018." WTA leaders have “yet to announce the WTA Finals host city” for ‘22, and it “remains a challenge.” The WTA has “held events in Arab countries," including Qatar and Dubai, for years. But Saudi Arabia has “yet to secure an official tour event in men’s or women’s tennis despite making increasingly serious offers” (N.Y. TIMES, 6/25).

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