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Fri, 13 Sep 2019

2019 Hong Kong Tennis Open Postponed Until Further Notice

The 2019 Hong Kong Tennis Open, scheduled to take place 5-13 October, has been postponed until further notice.

The event, one of the most popular annual sporting events in the region, attracts thousands of locals as well as tennis fans from overseas.

Last year, the Hong Kong Tennis Open was named 'International Tournament of the Year' by the WTA.

The 2019 Hong Kong Tennis Open, scheduled to take place 5-13 October, has been postponed until further notice. The event, one of the most popular annual sporting events in the region, attracts thousands of locals as well as tennis fans from overseas. Click to enlarge.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Hong Kong Tennis Association said, "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 ... We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused to our players, fans, partners and supporters."

Protests in Hong Kong have become increasingly violent in recent weeks, and protestors even managed to close the airport, one of the busiest in the world, for almost two days. They have also caused damage to property and disrupted public transport and roads, not only within the city, but also to and from the airport. Hotels have been badly affected with RevPAR down by over 44.5% and arrivals to the city down by nearly 40% in August.

The event organisers and WTA are now trying to identify an alternate week to host the event.

Ticket refund procedures will be announced via the event website on 16 September 2019.

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