WTA premier occasion in Tokyo cancelled on account of COVID-19

Tokyo, July 28

The Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo has been cancelled for 2020 on account of security fears amid the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers of the annual ladies’s event stated on Tuesday.

Last week, the lads’s ATP Tour and the ladies’s WTA have been pressured to cancel all of their remaining tournaments in China for this 12 months within the wake of the nation’s ban on worldwide sporting occasions as a result of pandemic.

“The executive committee, together with the WTA, has been exploring various measures to hold the tournament, such as holding matches without spectators,” the organisers of the Premier stage event stated in an announcement.

“But we have come to the tough conclusion that the cancellation of the tournament was the best decision in the interest of public health, especially in light of the concern about the second wave of infection spreading in Japan.” Japan has largely prevented the mass infections which have killed tens of hundreds abroad, however a surge in instances in the course of the previous week in Tokyo and different main city areas has consultants apprehensive the nation faces a second wave.

The Pan Pacific Open is a part of WTA’s Asian swing and has been held yearly since its 1984 begin. It was initially scheduled to be held in September however was postponed to November.

Following the cancellation, the Korea Open in Seoul is the one occasion left in Asia on WTA’s provisional calendar for 2020.

The skilled tennis season is scheduled to restart after a five-month hiatus with WTA’s Palermo Ladies Open within the Sicilian capital on Monday.

Organisers of the Tokyo occasion stated they have been but to determine on the schedule and venue for the 2021 version.

“This is a disappointing result not only for tennis players from each country who participate every year, but also for tennis fans in Japan and overseas,” they stated.

Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka introduced cheers to dwelling followers when she gained final 12 months’s occasion in Osaka, the place she was born. Reuters

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