Dunlop hosted a wildcard tournament in Yokkaichi city (Mie, Japan) from November 11th to 14th, which will provide the winners with the opportunity to play at the Australian Open Junior Series Tournament in January 2022.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic and international travel restrictions, this year’s Road to the AO was only open to Japanese based players. Health and safety for everyone is a priority and strict biosecurity protocols was in place for the event.

Dunlop’s partnership with the Australian Open dates back to 2018, when Dunlop became the first Japanese-funded company to ever sponsor a Grand Slam tennis ball. Since then, together with Tennis Australia and the Japan Tennis Association, Dunlop has been developing junior tennis in the region and will continue to focus and support junior tennis in the Asia-Pacific region.

“The world is still stagnant under the impact of COVID-19, but our strong desire to contribute to the growth of junior players in Asian Pacific region stays the same. I am looking forward to seeing some great tennis and performances from these talented young players.” said Head of Tennis Business, Ken Yamamoto.

“Tennis Australia, Japanese Tennis Association, and Dunlop all share the same passion, drive and focus to grow the sport of tennis in Asia Pacific region.” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said. “I am looking forward to seeing some great tennis and performances from these talented young players.”