Tokyo 2020: Inside the revamped tennis venue

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The tennis venue for the Tokyo 2020 has passed the test to be Games-ready with the successful conduct of the annual All-Japan Championships. The revamped Centre Court at the Ariake Coliseum has won the approval of all concerned.

The All Japan Championships, which ran from October 23 to November 3 at the venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games tennis competitions, allowed the International Tennis Federation to run the rule over the Ariake Tennis Forest Park venue.

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International Tennis Federation, the world governing body for amateur tennis, has shared the update on its official twitter handle @ITF_Tennis with the caption, “The organisers care about many details – they want to make people feel welcome. The ITF has been in Tokyo this week for the #Tokyo2020 Olympic and Paralympic test event at the Ariake Tennis Park. Find out more about preparations  http://bit.ly/2q9nYiW

Both the hard courts of Ariake Coliseum and a new court one were used at the test event. Work on court two, which will be one of the three main arenas of action at the Games, is slated to be complete in March 2020.

The showpiece Ariake Coliseum will seat 10,000 spectators, with a retractable roof allowing some shelter from the heat of Tokyo’s summer.

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Kris Dent, ITF Senior Executive Director of Professional Tennis, was impressed. “Clearly a huge amount of progress has been made,” he said. “Centre court is looking fantastic, all the auxiliary facilities that are required, particularly the indoor tennis centre, are up and exactly how we need them.

“A lot of it is good for legacy, you can see how the tennis centre itself, which is a public, community-based tennis club, is going to have a pretty enhanced offering after the Games, and that’s very important. “As well as the on-court test event itself, in terms of the things we’re trying to achieve, we’re looking at how the backroom facilities are working, where there are areas that need to be adjusted, and where we need to put the contingencies in place.”

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Some history will certainly be made at the venue next summer: Swiss legend Roger Federer recently confirmed after an exhibition match at the venue that he will compete at Tokyo 2020.

The arena will play host to the Olympics tennis competition between July 25 and August 2 next year.

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