Swiss Belinda Bencic has complained that WTA players are being left totally in the dark regarding developments for the start of play next season.

The former No. 4 who last competed in mid-September with a first-round loss at Roland Garros while carrying an arm injury, said competitors should not be left out of the conversation over what to expect in early 2021 in the times of COVID-19.

“I would like communication to improve, the players need to be better informed,” she said.

“The situation is not easy for the WTA either. I understand. But it’s now the end of November and we still don’t know exactly how and where the tour will resume. 

“That makes planning very difficult for us.”

The WTA had little to offer its players by way of autumn tournaments with the entirety of the traditional – and lucrative – Asia swing cancelled  by the virus pandemic.

Even the year-end championships in Shenzhen, China, were unable to be held.

January’s Australian Open planning is in tatters, with a 14-day hotel-room quarantine and a later start date awaiting players who decided to travel to what promises to be a stunted and uncomfortable Grand Slam in a country with strict and unbending COVID rules.

While the ATP brought on new, socially isolated events to fill in much of its autumn season, there was not much for the women after September.

“It’s difficult to say why it (the calendar) worked better for the men. 

“We have many tournaments in China at the end of the year and that certainly didn’t help. 

“But I understand that organisers in this situation think twice about the risk they want to take.”


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