Hong Kong Open postponed due to protests

Hong Kong, Sep 13 (IANS) | Publish Date: 9/13/2019 11:33:13 AM IST

The Hong Kong Open tennis tournament, which was scheduled to take place from October 5 to 13, has been postponed indefinitely because of the ongoing protests in the city.

Hong Kong has for months been rocked by increasingly violent protests, triggered by an extradition bill. The bill has now been withdrawn but the protests have continued and have grown to reflect wider demands for democratic reform, reports the BBC.

“In light of the present situation, Hong Kong Tennis Association (HKTA) and the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) are announcing a postponement of the 2019 Hong Kong Tennis Open,” said HKTA in a media statement on Friday.

They said they were in “active discussion” to find a later date for the tournament.

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