Hong Kong Tennis Open that was due to begin on the 5th of October has been postponed due to the ongoing anti-government protests.
The organisers say that they would place it at a later time in order to have a smooth running of the tournament.
The Hong Kong Tennis Open was originally due to take place between 5-13 October.
It was to be held at Victoria Park – a vast green space with playgrounds as well as basketball and tennis courts – which has become the rallying point for many of Hong Kong’s anti-government marches.
The protests started in June, after the Hong Kong parliament proposed a new law that would have enabled suspects in Hong Kong to be extradited to China. The law was withdrawn three months later, but now protests have grown to reflect wider demands for democratic reform.
The Hong Kong Tennis Association and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) in a statement have said:
“In light of the present situation, Hong Kong Tennis Association and the WTA are announcing a postponement of the 2019 Hong Kong Tennis Open. The event will no longer take place during 5-13 October.
The Open is the flagship event on our annual calendar and one of the most popular International sporting events in the city, attracting thousands of local fans and overseas travellers every year.
As the winner of the WTA International event of the year award in 2018, we strive to maintain a high standard of the event for all participants, players and the fans in particular. However, after extensive discussions with our key stakeholders, we conclude that a smooth running of the tournament can be better assured at a later time.
The event organisers and WTA are in active discussion on identifying an alternate week for the hosting of the event. Further announcement will be made in due course.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused to our players, fans, partners and supporters. We will announce ticket refund procedures via the event website, www.hktennisopen.hk, on 16 September 2019.
Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Hong Kong Tennis Open soon.”
Source : Various