Kuala Lumpur Confirmed As Newest Stop On ATP World Tour
by Press Release
Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur
The ATP World Tour’s strengthened fall Asian swing will begin in South-East Asia after the governing body of men’s professional tennis today confirmed that Kuala Lumpur will host an ATP World Tour-level tournament.
The tournament was officially launched by Prime Minister of Malaysia, Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak and will be known as the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur. The ATP World Tour 250 event will be held indoors at the 16,000-seat Putra Stadium at the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex, commencing on Monday 28 September.
“There is great demand for cities to host ATP World Tour events and in particular within the Asian region. Kuala Lumpur presented a very strong application to become part of the ATP World Tour. This, combined with their excellent tournament facilities, management team and the support of the Malaysian Government, we are confident that Kuala Lumpur is the right venue to continue developing tennis within South-East Asia,” said Brad Drewett, CEO, ATP International.
“Asian tennis fans have demonstrated that they are among the best in the world and we are excited that tennis fans across Malaysia now have the opportunity to see some of the world’s best players battling it out in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.”
The Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, supported by the Government of Malaysia, will be organized by leading international management company IMG and headed by Tournament Director Nick Freyer, Senior Vice President IMG and Head of Tennis, Asia.
“I warmly thank the Prime Minister for his belief and support of this project from the very start, to all those people, many of whose contributions remain private but deeply appreciated, people whose advice and counsel was invaluable and who worked so many hours during the bid process and more recently during the event launch phase,” said Nick Freyer.
“Our great appreciation extends to the ATP World Tour Board and Brad Drewett for the support and trust they showed in us and to our friends at the Putra Stadium and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for their confidence and contributions, the Ministries of Sport and Tourism, the National Sports Council and of course to the ATP World Tour players who have so readily accepted the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur as a tournament to play and be part of.”
The Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, will be one of five events in the strengthened Asian swing, that will culminate with the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 presented by Rolex.