Japan Open 2023: Preview, draw, schedule, and how to watch
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The third ITF Super Series event of the year, the Japan Open returns to the 2023 UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour for the first time since 2019, with the 2020, 2021 and 2022 tournaments cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Find out everything you need to know about the dates, draws, players and how to follow the 2023 Japan Open.
When is the Japan Open 2023?
The Japan Open takes place from Tuesday 18 April through to Sunday 23 April.
Where is the Japan Open 2023 being held?
The Japan Open will take place at the Iizuka Sports Resort Tennis Courts in Iizuka City, Fukuoka, on the same site as the tournament’s traditional home previously known as Chikuho Heights.
Which British players be competing at the Japan Open 2023?
Current world No.8 Gordon Reid is the only Brit contesting this year’s Japan Open, with the British No.2 looking to complete a hat-trick of men’s singles title in Iizuka after claiming back-to-back victories in 2017 and 2018.
Reid beat Japan’s now-retired former world No.1 Shingo Kunieda in the 2018 final, having beaten fellow Brit Alfie Hewett in the semi-finals and going on to partner Hewett to victory in the men’s doubles. That was Reid’s second Japan Open doubles title after partnering Kunieda to victory in 2015.
Reid is one of six top 10 men’s singles players, headed by Japan’s world No.2 Tokito Oda, contesting this year’s Japan Open. He comes into this year's Japan Open on the back of reaching the men's singles semi-finals and men's doubles final at last week's Korea Open in Seoul, where he both bowed out to Belgium's Joachim Gerard in singles and partnered Gerard to the doubles final.
Who are the reigning Japan Open champions?
The Japan Open returns to the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Calendar for the first time since 2019, when the champions were:
- Men’s singles – Shingo Kunieda (JPN)
- Women’s singles – Diede de Groot (NED)
- Quad singles – Dylan Alcott (AUS)
- Men’s doubles – Stephane Houdet & Nicolas Peifer (FRA)
- Women’s doubles – Marjolein Buis (NED) & Dana Mathewson (USA)
- Quad doubles – Dylan Alcott & Heath Davidson (AUS)
Since the 2019 edition of the Japan Open Alcott, Kunieda and Buis have all retired.
A list of previous Japan Open champions can be found here.
When is the Japan Open 2023 draw?
Reid is drawn in the opposite half of the draw to Gerard in Iizuka and begins his title bid against Thailand's Banjo Suwan before a potential second round contest against 2013 Japan Open champion Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands.
How to follow the Japan Open 2023
Daily news and the daily live stream from the Japan Open 2023 will be available here on our website and via our social media channels.
Matches on Court 1 at the 2023 Japan Open will be live streamed on YouTube.