The ATP, the governing body of men’s professional tennis, has announced the final shortlist of candidates bidding to host the ATP Finals.
Manchester, Singapore, Tokyo, and Turin have been selected, along with London, from an extensive bidding process since last August that included more than 40 cities worldwide.
The final five will now progress to the final phase in the competition to host the prestigious season finale from 2021 to 2025, and will involve visits by the ATP to the candidate cities to further review their visions for the event. A final decision on the successful candidate will be made not before March 2019.
Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President, said:
“The level of interest we have received worldwide throughout the bid application process reflects the rich heritage of this unique tournament, as well as the success of the event at the O2 since 2009. It has been a highly competitive process, and the candidate cities on the shortlist deserve huge credit for the passion and creative vision they have shown in their respective plans to continue the growth of our showpiece event.
“The Atp Finals have never stood still, remaining vibrant and relevant to fans, sponsors and media worldwide at every turn. There’s no question that London has set a very high benchmark and, with the final shortlist announced today, we believe we will be well-placed to determine the next exciting chapter of a tournament that has come to represent the absolute pinnacle in men’s professional tennis.”
The ATP Finals were first held in Tokyo in 1970, and were played in new cities for the first eight years, when the tournament began its longest residency across 13 consecutive years at Madison Square Garden from 1977 to 1989. The next decade was spent in Germany, before spots in Lisbon, Sydney and Shanghai.
The Masters Cup was renamed the ATP Finals with the start of its long and highly successful residency in London in 2009, and the eight elite singles and doubles teams have played to over a quarter of a million spectators every year.
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