WTA Premier Tournament Pan Pacific Open In Japan Canceled Over Coronavirus


Pan Pacific Open 2019 Champion

While the Women’s Tennis tour has scheduled to take place on 3rd August in Italy, On the other hand, Japan called off the WTA Premier tournament Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo due to the Coronavirus concerns.

Moreover, An outdoor Hardcourt tournament cancellation might be a sad news Japan tennis fans. Besides, A big financial loss for tournament organizers and the Women’s Tennis Association. And Hana-Cupid Japan Women’s Open in Hiroshima and the men’s ATP Tournament Rakuten Open in Tokyo also canceled for the same reason.

Earlier, Pan Pacific Open postponed from September to November because of health issues. An unfortunate decision recorded the first tournament cancellation since its origin in 1984. Notably, WTA Tour finals in Shenzhen and other six women’s tennis tournaments recently scrapped in China.

“The Best Decision In The Interest Of Public Health”- Pan Pacific Tour Organizers

Furthermore, Japan Capital Tokyo has registered for almost 30,000 positive coronavirus cases and 1,000 deaths. Right now, the most populated city is recording a minimum of 500 cases in a day. For this reason, Pan Pacific Tournament Organizers decided to cancel Asia’s major tennis tournament.

Tokyo Premier tournament organizers stated about called off, The Executive Committee looked at every possible way to make this tournament happen, including the idea of holding matches without audiences or restricting admissions in order to prioritize the health and safety of everyone involved.” 

“However, after a series of deliberations, the Executive Committee made a heartrending decision to rule out the postponement. And concluded 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.”

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Former world number one Naomi Osaka won her 4th WTA singles title in last year’s event. Moreover, She became the first Japanese player to win the Pan Pacific Open title since Kimiko Date in 1995.


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