Are you excited about The Pan Pacific Open long-awaited return later in September? Let’s get you up to speed with everything you need to know about the tournament.
Pan Pacific Open History
The Pacific Open tournament has had a long history on the WTA tour, being first established in 1976. In the 38 years since its conception, the tournament has had 36 editions. Everything from the name, tour level, location, and even court surface has been subject to change over the years.
When it was first played in 1976, the tournament went by the name The Sillook Open and was held in Tokyo, Japan. The name would be changed thrice, once in 1982 to the TV Tennis Open, again in 1983 being renamed to Queens Grand Prix, and finally in 1984 when the tournament would be re-established with its current name. The championship has been primarily held at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium (1984–2007) and Ariake Colosseum (2008-2017, 2022).
From 1983 to 2008, the tournament was classified as a Tier 1 tournament. Then in 2009, the tournament would become a Premier 5 event before being relegated to a Premier event in 2014. The category was once again changed in recent times when its Premier level was discontinued. From 2020 onwards, the championship is a WTA 500 event.
Pan Pacific Open 2022
The Pan Pacific Open is a WTA 500 outdoor hard-court tournament held annually in Japan. This year the tournament will make its return after a 2-year hiatus through 2020 and 2021 following the COVID-19 pandemic. It is called the “Toray” pan pacific Open because of the tournament’s title sponsor: Toray Insdustries Inc.
|Venue||Ariake Coliseum and Ariake Tennis Forest Park|
|Tour Category||WTA 500|
|Total Prize Money||$757900|
|Draw||32 Singles, 16 Doubles|
|Title Sponsor||Toray Industries, Inc|
|Organizer||Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Executive Committee|
Pan Pacific 2022 Champions
In 2022 singles championship, Liudmila Samsonova of Russia won the title. She wins her third title in two months at the Toray Pan Pacific Open, defeating the in-form Chinese star Zheng Qinwen 7-5, 7-5 in a high-quality final. Liudmila has won 18 of her last 19 matches and did not lose a set during all week.
On other sides in doubles championship, seeded no 2 pair Giuliana Olmos of Mexico and Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada defeated Nicole Melichar of USA and Ellen Perez of Australia. Winning pair gets victory in straight 2 sets 6-4, 6-4. This is consecutive title for Gabriela Dabrowski (last week she won Chennai open paired with Luisa Stefani of Brazil)
Pan Pacific Open 2022 Prize Money and Points
Being a WTA 500 tournament, the winners for the singles and doubles get 470 WTA ranking points. For the 2022 Pan Pacific Open, the financial commitment is at $757900 however, how the prize money will be allocated has not yet been announced. Thus, let’s view the prize money and WTA points distribution for 2019 to gauge how the money is split.
|Stage||Singles Prize Money||Doubles Prize Money||WTA Points|
The simple criteria by which the prize money gets distributed is the player’s performance. The closer to the finals a player gets, the more prize money and ranking points they can win. However, the prize money for the doubles competition is to be split equally among the 2 players. For example in 2019, Chan Hao-Ching and Latisha Chan each received $22100 of the total $44200. There are also no second rounds in a doubles competition.
Pan Pacific Open 2022 Dates
The tournament Main Draw will be held from Sep 19-Sep 25 while the qualifying rounds will be conducted from 17th-18th Sep.
Pan Pacific Open 2022 Player List
The list of participating players has not yet been released by the WTA officials. Featured below are a few important tennis players that will be participating in the Pan Pacific Open 2022.
|PLAYER NAME||WTA RANK||SEED #||CURRENT STATUS|
|Naomi Osaka (JPN)||48th||–||Retired|
|Paula Badosa (ESP)||4th||1||Eliminated in R16 against Q. Zheng|
|Sofia Kenin (USA)||252nd||–||Playing|
|Garbine Muguruza (ESP)||12th||3||Playing|
|Daria Saville (AUS)||–||–||Playing|
|Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA)||18th||5||Playing|
|Caroline Garcia (FRA)||10th||2||Eliminated in R16 against S. Zhang|
|Karolina Pliskova (CZE)||20th||6||Eliminated in R16 against P. Martic|
|Alison Riske (USA)||23rd||7||Eliminated in R32 against C. Liu|
|Elise Mertens (BEL)||43rd||–||Playing|
|Shuai Zhang (CN)||29th||–||Playing|
- Naomi Osaka, the reigning champion
- Martina Hingis with the most singles titles at 5 (1997,1999, 2000, 2002, 2007)
- Caroline Wozniacki with 3 wins in the span of 7 years (2010, 2016, 2017)
- Lisa Raymond with the most doubles titles at 5 (2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2011)
- Chan Hao-Ching and Latisha Chan as the reigning doubles champions
- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the 2019 runner-up
Pan Pacific Open 2022 Wild Card Entry List
|PLAYER NAME||WTA RANK||SEED #||CURRENT STATUS|
|Elena Rybakina (KAZ)||25th||8||Eliminated in R32 against L. Samsonova|
|Yuki Nato (JPN)||207nd||–||Eliminated in R32 against B. Haddad Maia|
|Mai Hontama (JPN)||173rd||–||Eliminated in R32 against S. Zhang|
Pan Pacific Open 2022 Draws
The championship will have 32 singles and 16 doubles matches. The Draws will be released as the tournament progresses.
Pan Pacific Open 2022 Schedule
The following information is subject to change and based on the 2019 tournament schedule. The official website will be updated before the commencing of the tournament with the official schedule.
|19th September||1st Round||—————-|
|20th September||1st Round||1st Round|
|21st September||2nd Round||1st Round|
|22nd September||2nd Round||Quarter-finals|
Pan Pacific Open 2022 Tickets
The ticketing scheme is as follows:-
|First Sales||Sep 19 until Sep 25|
|General Public Sales||Sep 19 till the day of the match|
For seating and other relevant information, click the link shared below to visit the ticket page on the official website.
2022 Toray Pan Pacific Open: http://www.toray-ppo.com/en/ticket/
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Pan Pacific Open Sponsors
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