Held annually at the Taipei Arena in November, the Taipei OEC Open is an international WTA Women’s Tennis Tournament.
It doesn’t attract the very best tennis players in the world, as most of the players will be ranked between 100 and 200, although the standard is normally very good. The event is a 125k Series, with a total prize money fund of US$125,000.
The best part apart the Taipei OEC Open tennis tournament though is that it’s entirely free. You only need to give them a receipt for any purchase you have made in Taiwan.
Even if you’re not a huge tennis fan, it’s a good chance to sit in this impressive arena and soak up the atmosphere. The earlier rounds will make full use of the arena space, which is able to accommodate two tennis courts, plus a practice court behind the scoreboards.
There are a few Taiwanese players who get wildcards to the WTA Tennis tournament, although sadly their best player, Hsieh Su-wei who is ranked 23rd in the world, doesn’t play.
The Taipei OEC Open Tennis tournament lasts just over one week, with qualifier matches over the first Sunday and Monday, and the singles and doubles finals held on the last Sunday. You usually won’t have trouble finding a seat, although the finals day will be busy.
- It’s free!
- Great chance to see the Arena
- Good level of tennis
- You won’t see any huge stars
Around the middle of November each year.
Sun 10 Nov 10:00 (qualifiers)
Mon 11 Nov 10:00 (qualifiers)
Tue 12 Nov 10:00 (round of 32)
Wed 13 Nov 12:00 (round of 32)
Thu 14 Nov 12:00 (round of 16)
Fri 15 Nov 13:00 (quarter-finals)
Sat 16 Nov 13:00 (semi-finals)
Sun 17 Nov 14:00 (finals)
Even though it’s free, you’ll need to take a receipt (any receipt for any item bought in Taiwan will do).
Taipei Arena (Closest MRT: Taipei Arena – green line exit 2)