Two international sporting events that were to be held in China over the coming months have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, officials confirmed on Friday. 

In a statement, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced its decision to call off the 2020 Xi’an Open.

The tournament was to take place in the city of Xi’an in China’s central Shaanxi province from April 13-19.

“Our thoughts are with everyone in China during this difficult time and we look forward to the WTA Tour events that are scheduled to take place this fall,” a WTA spokesperson said.

“We are watching

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