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Hong Kong Open postponed amid protests

This year’s Hong Kong Open, an International-tier tournament on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour, has been postponed amid ongoing government protests in the region.

In a statement posted on the official event website, organisers said the tournament, which had been due to take place from October 5-13, would not go ahead as planned “in light of the present situation”.

Protests have been taking place in Hong Kong for a number of months. They were triggered by a since-retracted bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China.

The Hong Kong Open was due to be held at Victoria Park, which has been of the main sites for protests. Organisers have not announced details of a new date, with an announcement to be made in due course.

The statement added: “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.”