The Asia Swing – Tennis

It’s the time of the year where the top tennis players head to Asia (Focused on China and Japan) to play ATP Master 500 and 1000 tournaments, which is called the Asia Swing.

The first tournament of the Asia Swing is the ATP Masters 250 event, the Thailand Open followed by another ATP Masters 250, the Malaysian Open, and both tournaments have started a few days ago. The first upcoming tournament is the China Open (ATP Masters 500). The event will start on September 29th to October 7th.
The next upcoming tournament is also an ATP Masters 500, the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan. The event planned to start on October 1st and end on October 7th.
Both tournaments stated above will end on the same day.
The next tournament is an ATP Masters 1000, the Shanghai Open. Most of the top 10 players, excluding Nadal, will be expected to enter this tournament.
Just in-case you didn’t know, the number after the “ATP Masters” is how much points you can gain if you win the tournament. So, if Player A wins the Shanghai Open, he will receive 1000 points in his ATP Ranking.

However, an economic conflict (which I am worried may cause some change in this year’s Asia Swing) is currently taking place between China and Japan. China claims that one of Japan’s islands belong to themselves. Japan is trying to defend their territory, but China has some Navy Ships around the area, along with Japan’s Coastal Guard to make sure Chinese ships don’t get into their area.
I doubt that a war will start between these two countries, especially Japan, because even if Japan gets attacked by China, the US will have to protect them due to the treaty which the US and Japan signed.
I just don’t want this to interfere with anything. Especially because Kei Nishikori (ranked number 17 in the world) is a Japanese Tennis player. If Nishikori plays at a tournament held in China, he may be treated badly or booed at a lot throughout the match.

Anyways, I’m going to stop with the imagination and get back to the main topic.

Most of the players have already arrived to their places in Asia, but Novak Djokovic arrived a little later than his Serbian teammate Janko Tipsarevic.

Novak Djokovic posted this as his Facebook status just 6 hours before I published this post.

Novak Djokovic – Heading to Asia for the Asia Swing

Thomas Berdych also posted a status on Facebook just 22 minutes before I posted this article. I hope he’ll cause more upsets again. Can’t wait.

Thomas Berdych – Heading to Tokyo for the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships

That concludes today’s post. Feel free to share your opinion by leaving a comment below. It can be about anything!

~Jin

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