The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has given a positive assessment of the progress made at Ariake Tennis Park at the end of their Olympic and Paralympic test event.
The site hosted the annual Mitsubishi All-Japan Championships, giving the ITF the opportunity to review facilities and operations.
Ariake Tennis Park has 48 outdoor tennis courts and the Ariake Coliseum, which will be the main ground for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Ariake Coliseum and a new court were both used in the test event.
Kris Dent, ITF senior executive director of professional tennis, said the International Federation has evaluated many areas.
“Obviously, tremendous progress has been made,” Dent said.
“The center court looks fantastic, all the necessary ancillary facilities, especially the indoor tennis center, are operational and exactly as needed.
“A lot of it is good for the legacy, you can see how the tennis center itself, which is a public and community tennis club, is going to have a pretty improved offering after the Games, and that’s very important.
“In addition to the field test itself, in terms of the things we’re trying to accomplish, we’re looking at how the behind-the-scenes facilities work, where there are areas that need to be adjusted and where we need to. to put contingencies in place. “
Japanese wheelchair tennis stars Yui Kamiji and two-time Paralympic Games gold medalist Shingo Kunieda were among the test participants.
Kamiji won a one-set show, held alongside the Mitsubishi All-Japan Championships.
“Everything looks great, I like it – it’s like a very Japanese style of doing things with care,” Kamiji said.
“The organizers care about a lot of details, and they ask me and other wheelchair players a lot of questions about what we need, and they try to improve more, they want people feel welcome. “
The Coordination Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) visited the facility during its three-day visit here.
The venue will have a capacity of 19,900 seats for the Olympic Games, where the singles and doubles competitions will take place on the hard courts from July 25 to August 2.
Wheelchair tennis runs from August 28 to September 5, with a capacity of 19,400 spectators.