Djokovic To Make Tokyo Debut; All You Need To Know
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is set to make his debut at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, the longest-running ATP Tour event in Asia. After conquering the China Open in Beijing with a record six titles, he will aim to continue his success at the ATP 500 tournament in Tokyo. Djokovic will be looking to join the rest of the Big Four — Roger Federer (2006), Rafael Nadal (2010) and Andy Murray (2011) — as Tokyo champions.
Two years ago, David Goffin moved up five places into a Nitto ATP Finals qualification spot by winning his biggest career title here. The Belgian has a similar opportunity this coming week. Goffin enters at No. 12 in the ATP Race To London and could climb as high as No. 7 with another strong run in Tokyo. Meanwhile, #NextGenATP stars Alex de Minaur, Denis Shapovalov and Miomir Kecmanovic will be looking to solidify their standings in the top seven in the ATP Race To Milan.
The Tokyo field also features World No. 14 Borna Coric, two-time semi-finalist Marin Cilic and Frenchmen Benoit Paire and Lucas Pouille.
Here's all you need to know about the Tokyo tennis tournament: what is the schedule, where to watch, who has won and more.
Tournament Dates: 30 September - 6 October 2019
Tournament Director: Nao Kawatei
Draw Ceremony: Saturday, 28 September, not before 12pm on site
Schedule (View On Official Website)
* Qualifying: starts Saturday at 11am
* Main draw: Monday to Friday from 11am, Saturday from 1pm
* Doubles final: Sunday, 6 October at 1pm
* Singles final: Sunday, 6 October not before 3:30pm
Venue: Ariake Tennis Forest Park
Main Court Seating: 10,000
Prize Money: US $1,895,290 (Total Financial Commitment: US $2,046,340)
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Honour Roll (Open Era)
Most Titles, Singles: Stefan Edberg (4)
Most Titles, Doubles: Ken Flach, Rick Leach (3)
Oldest Champion: Ken Rosewall, 38, in 1973
Youngest Champion: Jimmy Arias, 18, in 1982
Lowest-Ranked Champion (since 1978): No. 121 Kenneth Carlsen in 2002
Most Match Wins: Stefan Edberg (27)
Singles: [Q] Daniil Medvedev (RUS) d  Kei Nishikori (JPN) 62 64 Read & Watch
Doubles:  Ben McLachlan (JPN) / Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) d  Raven Klaasen (RSA) / Michael Venus (NZL) 64 75 Read More
Did You Know... The ATP 500 tournament is played at the Ariake Colosseum, an expansive tennis centre comprising 48 courts and a stadium with one of the first retractable roofs in tennis. In preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games, the 2018 event was held indoors at the Musushino Forest Sport Plaza. Read More