Matt Eaton

Matt Eaton

Production Editor, Sports

Australian journalist Matt Eaton has been based in Hong Kong since 2007 covering sports, business and technology.

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When is the 2022 French Open? Where is it, how can I watch it and will Novak Djokovic be playing?

Spanish teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz will be in action along with Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka at the Roland Garros clay tournament.

Spanish teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz will be in action along with Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka at the Roland Garros clay tournament.

14 May 2022 - 12:55PM
Australia confirmed as host of 2027 men’s and 2029 women’s Rugby World Cups

The two tournaments will then go to the United States for the first time in 2031 and 2033 respectively.

The two tournaments will then go to the United States for the first time in 2031 and 2033 respectively.

15 May 2022 - 3:22PM
Bundesliga beckons for Hong Kong teen Michael Udebuluzor after move to Germany

The 18-year-old Hongkonger is pressing for a debut with FC Ingolstadt after coming through the ranks at Germany’s famed football academy DFI.

The 18-year-old Hongkonger is pressing for a debut with FC Ingolstadt after coming through the ranks at Germany’s famed football academy DFI.

12 May 2022 - 8:30AM
Chinese Super League start date elusive, but preseason in full swing – in hotel quarantine

Shanghai Port and Shanghai Shenhua arrive in Dalian for three weeks of preseason hotel quarantine, with no start date yet for the domestic football league.

Shanghai Port and Shanghai Shenhua arrive in Dalian for three weeks of preseason hotel quarantine, with no start date yet for the domestic football league.

9 May 2022 - 6:16PM
Hong Kong tennis aces Eudice Chong, Cody Wong Hong-yi narrowly miss out on seventh doubles title of 2022

Hong Kong women’s doubles pair lose in final of ITF W25 tournament in Nottingham, but Eudice Chong says ‘we’re building confidence … we’ll be trying to play on a bigger stage.’

Hong Kong women’s doubles pair lose in final of ITF W25 tournament in Nottingham, but Eudice Chong says ‘we’re building confidence … we’ll be trying to play on a bigger stage.’

9 May 2022 - 12:24PM
Rangers query FA ‘secrecy’ as player is banned for a year over Covid-19 breach during drunken hotel saga

Club urges FA to ‘release all details of their investigation’, saying Lo Siu-kei committed Covid-19 breach but had little part in alleged drinking or vandalism.

Club urges FA to ‘release all details of their investigation’, saying Lo Siu-kei committed Covid-19 breach but had little part in alleged drinking or vandalism.

7 May 2022 - 8:19PM
Formula 1: Chinese star Zhou Guanyu shows off flashy Miami-inspired Grand Prix helmet – ‘I love it’

Chinese rookie and Max Verstappen take to social media to reveal helmet designs ahead of the inaugural Formula One Grand Prix in Miami.

Chinese rookie and Max Verstappen take to social media to reveal helmet designs ahead of the inaugural Formula One Grand Prix in Miami.

6 May 2022 - 6:00PM
Hong Kong Sevens’ return gets home team firing as they prepare for packed year, vowing to shed ‘nearly men’ tag

Max Woodward leads revived men’s squad into 6-week trip to Europe for training and tournaments ahead of World Cup Sevens, Asian Games and city’s own showpiece.

Max Woodward leads revived men’s squad into 6-week trip to Europe for training and tournaments ahead of World Cup Sevens, Asian Games and city’s own showpiece.

4 May 2022 - 7:12PM
AFC Champions League: Guangzhou FC thrashed again, as Lion City Sailors edge past Shandong Taishan

Guangzhou FC remained without a single goal in their disastrous AFC Champions League campaign on Sunday, going down 5-0 to South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai in the Malaysian city of Johor Bahru.

Guangzhou FC remained without a single goal in their disastrous AFC Champions League campaign on Sunday, going down 5-0 to South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai in the Malaysian city of Johor Bahru.

25 Apr 2022 - 8:05AM
Hong Kong to send 12 of the city’s top female cricketers to FairBreak Global Invitation T20 tournament

Twelve of the city’s top female cricketers will join the inaugural SDG FairBreak Global Invitation T20, set for the Dubai International Cricket Stadium from May 1 to 15.

Twelve of the city’s top female cricketers will join the inaugural SDG FairBreak Global Invitation T20, set for the Dubai International Cricket Stadium from May 1 to 15.

23 Apr 2022 - 10:50AM
Hong Kong and UAE women to compete in newly launched Twenty20 bilateral series

Hong Kong’s women cricketers will return to competition mode next week when they face the UAE in a newly created, four-match Twenty20 international bilateral series.

Hong Kong’s women cricketers will return to competition mode next week when they face the UAE in a newly created, four-match Twenty20 international bilateral series.

22 Apr 2022 - 9:16AM
AFC Champions League: Kawasaki Frontale hand Guangzhou FC humiliating 8-0 defeat

Guangzhou’s decision to field young and inexperienced side for the 2022 AFC Champions League backfires again as Japanese champions serve up crushing defeat.

Guangzhou’s decision to field young and inexperienced side for the 2022 AFC Champions League backfires again as Japanese champions serve up crushing defeat.

18 Apr 2022 - 8:32PM
AFC Champions League: Guangzhou FC fire star defender Guan Haojin in wake of red card fury

Statement says Guan ‘seriously violated’ the team’s code of conduct and has been immediately expelled from the club.

Statement says Guan ‘seriously violated’ the team’s code of conduct and has been immediately expelled from the club.

16 Apr 2022 - 7:00PM
Cash-strapped Qingdao FC pulls out of Chinese Super League ahead of 2022 season

Qingdao FC has withdrawn from the Chinese Super League just weeks out from the 2022 season kick-off, with concern among players over unpaid wages reaching breaking point.

Qingdao FC has withdrawn from the Chinese Super League just weeks out from the 2022 season kick-off, with concern among players over unpaid wages reaching breaking point.

15 Apr 2022 - 9:40PM
‘Tiger Slam’ clubs used by Tiger Woods to win 4 majors sell for a record-breaking US$5 million at auction

The clubs were first bought in 2010 by Houston businessman Todd Brock, who kept them in a frame in his office, but said the market was ready to realise the real value of the golf collectibles.

The clubs were first bought in 2010 by Houston businessman Todd Brock, who kept them in a frame in his office, but said the market was ready to realise the real value of the golf collectibles.

10 Apr 2022 - 6:15PM
UFC 273: Aljamain Sterling silences doubters, retains bantamweight title with split decision as Petr Yan decries ‘robbery’

Petr Yan says he was ‘robbed’, as Aljamain Sterling unifies the UFC bantamweight title with a split decision at UFC 273 before calling out TJ Dillashaw.

Petr Yan says he was ‘robbed’, as Aljamain Sterling unifies the UFC bantamweight title with a split decision at UFC 273 before calling out TJ Dillashaw.

10 Apr 2022 - 2:48PM
Singapore Sevens return bodes well for Hong Kong says ‘hopeful’ rugby chief Robbie McRobbie

Robbie McRobbie, chief executive of the Hong Kong Rugby Union, is ‘hopeful’ the Hong Kong Sevens will finally return in November.

Robbie McRobbie, chief executive of the Hong Kong Rugby Union, is ‘hopeful’ the Hong Kong Sevens will finally return in November.

9 Apr 2022 - 7:26PM
Eileen Gu’s love for Chinese pies catches President Xi Jinping’s attention as China hails Olympic heroes

President Xi singles out double gold medallist for her fondness for Chinese snacks during awards ceremony to celebrate heroes of the Winter Olympics.

President Xi singles out double gold medallist for her fondness for Chinese snacks during awards ceremony to celebrate heroes of the Winter Olympics.

18 Apr 2022 - 5:20PM
Zhou Qi steps up yet again for SEM Phoenix, despite ‘heartbreaking loss’ to Melbourne United

The NBA rookie star was handed Play of the Game yet again, with 17 points and 7 rebounds as SEM narrowly lost out to Melbourne rivals United.

The NBA rookie star was handed Play of the Game yet again, with 17 points and 7 rebounds as SEM narrowly lost out to Melbourne rivals United.

8 Apr 2022 - 11:50AM
Tiger Woods’ legendary ‘Tiger Slam’ irons and wedges are up for auction and the price is skyrocketing

The irons and wedges that Tiger Woods used in 2000 and 2001 to capture four consecutive majors – known as the ‘Tiger Slam’ – are going up for sale.

The irons and wedges that Tiger Woods used in 2000 and 2001 to capture four consecutive majors – known as the ‘Tiger Slam’ – are going up for sale.

25 Mar 2022 - 5:53PM
Ash Barty explains shock retirement decision during press conference: ‘there is no perfect timing’

Australian tennis star Ash Barty says she will be “forever connected” to tennis, after fronting a press conference to explain her decision to retire from the sport at just 25 years of age.

Australian tennis star Ash Barty says she will be “forever connected” to tennis, after fronting a press conference to explain her decision to retire from the sport at just 25 years of age.

24 Mar 2022 - 2:33PM
All Blacks Patrick Tuipulotu and Springboks Pieter-Steph du Toit talk Six Nations and how a move to Japan improved their game

Springboks flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit and All Blacks lock Patrick Tuipulotu say South Africa’s potential move to Six Nations tour may be sad, but the game of ruby is evolving.

Springboks flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit and All Blacks lock Patrick Tuipulotu say South Africa’s potential move to Six Nations tour may be sad, but the game of ruby is evolving.

24 Mar 2022 - 8:50AM
China unveil 25-man squad for Fifa World Cup qualifiers, naturalised Brazilian players dropped from national team

Star forward Wu Lei and four Brazilian-born naturalised players will not form part of the 25-man squad when China meet Oman on March 24.

Star forward Wu Lei and four Brazilian-born naturalised players will not form part of the 25-man squad when China meet Oman on March 24.

17 Mar 2022 - 3:32PM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong gym owners ‘losing hope’ as tough Covid-19 restrictions threaten more than 150 fitness outlets across the city

Two years of coronavirus restrictions leave Hong Kong fitness operations facing grim reality of closing their doors for good, with calls for ‘rental relief now’.

Two years of coronavirus restrictions leave Hong Kong fitness operations facing grim reality of closing their doors for good, with calls for ‘rental relief now’.

17 Mar 2022 - 11:30AM
Is men’s national football team the shame of China? A trending hashtag on Weibo with more than 320 million views says yes

A rare public feud is unfolding on Chinese social media about the state of men’s football, after comedian Gong Hanlin fired off a series of comments over what he described as an overpaid and underperforming men’s national football team.

A rare public feud is unfolding on Chinese social media about the state of men’s football, after comedian Gong Hanlin fired off a series of comments over what he described as an overpaid and underperforming men’s national football team.

15 Mar 2022 - 6:39PM
Chinese authorities propose a military-style training system as way to revive ailing men’s national football side

Things seem to be going from bad to worse for men’s football in China. Amid ongoing salary disputes in the Chinese Super League and a string of bad performances authorities are stepping in.

Things seem to be going from bad to worse for men’s football in China. Amid ongoing salary disputes in the Chinese Super League and a string of bad performances authorities are stepping in.

13 Mar 2022 - 8:00AM
Winter Paralympics: Liu Mengtao becomes China’s first Para biathlete to win three medals, as Zhang Mengqiu secures second gold of Games

Liu Mengtao and Zhang Mengqiu continue to dominate on day 7 of Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics, hauling in more gold medals for China.

Liu Mengtao and Zhang Mengqiu continue to dominate on day 7 of Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics, hauling in more gold medals for China.

11 Mar 2022 - 6:35PM
Li Ka-shing backed mobile group Three suspends Chelsea sponsorship, as Abramovich sanctions bite

Three, owned by Li Ka-shing’s holding company, pays about £40 million a year for the right to have its logo displayed on the players’ jerseys.

Three, owned by Li Ka-shing’s holding company, pays about £40 million a year for the right to have its logo displayed on the players’ jerseys.

11 Mar 2022 - 6:51PM
Zhou Qi named as part of Chinese Basketball Association’s national squad for 2024 Paris Olympics

Chinese Basketball Association unveiled a new-look team to represent China at the Paris 2024 Olympics, with some 50 players named for the initial men’s squad, and 47 players for the women’s side.

Chinese Basketball Association unveiled a new-look team to represent China at the Paris 2024 Olympics, with some 50 players named for the initial men’s squad, and 47 players for the women’s side.

8 Mar 2022 - 6:45PM
Winter Paralympics: Ukraine seals clean sweep of women’s biathlon in Beijing; Iryna Bui dedicates gold medal to ‘soldiers who protect us at home’

‘The whole world knows what’s going on in Ukraine, and now I know I have a mission here,’ gold medallist Iryna Bui says after huge day at Beijing Winter Paralympics.

‘The whole world knows what’s going on in Ukraine, and now I know I have a mission here,’ gold medallist Iryna Bui says after huge day at Beijing Winter Paralympics.

11 Mar 2022 - 1:43PM