The WTA Hong Kong Open women’s tennis tournament has been postponed, organisers said on Friday, citing the “present situation” after months of anti-government protests.

“In light of the present situation, Hong Kong Tennis Association and the WTA are announcing a postponement of the 2019 Hong Kong Tennis Open,” a Hong Kong Tennis Association statement said.

“After extensive discussions with our key stakeholders, we conclude that a smooth running of the tournament can be better assured at a later time,” it added.

The Hong Kong Open, which was scheduled for October 5-13, has previously attracted a number of top players including Venus Williams, Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki, the 2016 champion.

It is played at Causeway Bay’s Victoria Park, one of the main gathering points for the ongoing anti-government protests. (AFP)