The Toray Pan Pacific Open women’s tennis tournament, which was scheduled for next November in Tokyo, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, they announced from the organization.
This tournament, which is part of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) circuit, is the third of those organized in Japan to be suspended this year on the occasion of COVID-19, after the cancellation of the Rakuten Cup men’s championship and of the feminine Hana-Cupid.
Those responsible for the Pan Pacific Open “have sought all options for the tournament to take place, including holding matches without an audience and restricting the entry of spectators, with a view to prioritizing the health and safety of all participants,” they noted in a statement.
However, the organizers finally decided to cancel the tournament considering that it was “the best decision in the interest of public health, especially given the concern about a possible second wave of infections in Japan,” they explained.
The Pan Pacific Open has been held annually since its first edition in 1984 and the last tennis player to lift the trophy was the Japanese Naomi Osaka, who won the 2019 edition, held in the city of Osaka.