The Women’s event Toray Pan Pacific Open to be held in Tokyo during 2020 has been cancelled. This was announced by the organizers giving the reason of safety due to the continuing coronavirus attack. The organisers said that the schedule and venue for the 2021 edition is under process and will be announced later.
The Pan Pacific Open having started in 1984, is an annual event as part of WTA’s Asian circuit. During 2020 it was originally to be held in September but was postponed to November.
After cancellation, the Korea Open in Seoul is the only tournament left in WTA’s 2020 provisional calendar for Asia.
After a long gap of 5 months the professional tennis season will restart from 2nd August with WTA’s Palermo Ladies Open in the Italian capital. Although, the tournament has also faced withdrawal of world No 2 Simona Halep due to the Italian health ministry having ordered quarantine for visitors from Romania and Bulgaria.
The tennis international circuit has had a bumpy start as last week, the ATP Tour of men’s and the women’s WTA had to cancel all the 2020 remaining events in China.
The Pacific Open organisers explained that together with the WTA, all options have been explored even holding of the matches without spectators but due to the present virus spread in Japan, cancellation was the best possibility.