I'm sure Andre would pull out of Dubai if Las Vegas got the tournament. 9 cities are bidding though.
Posted 9/21/2005 1:21 PM
Las Vegas bidding to host ATP Tennis Channel Open in 2006
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A southern Nevada group is making a bid to host the ATP Tour's Tennis Channel Open next Feb. 27 to March 5.
Las Vegas Events chief Pat Christenson said Wednesday he hoped to know early in October whether the tournament will be played in Las Vegas.
He said the bid, in partnership with Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and the city of Las Vegas, went last week to Steve Bellamy, president of the cable TV network based in Santa Monica, Calif.
Bellamy said Wednesday that nine cities were bidding for the event in 2006. He declined further comment.
The tournament has been played in Scottsdale, Ariz., since 1986 and had a purse of $380,000 last year.
Las Vegas recently built a $41 million park in the northwest Summerlin community with a 2,200-seat tennis stadium and 23 surrounding courts.
Christenson has said the site would be a good venue for an ATP Tour event.
Las Vegas last hosted a tennis tour event when the Alan King Tennis Classic was played at Caesars Palace in 1985.
Earlier that year, the $1 million AT&T Challenge was played at the Thomas & Mack Center, featuring Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl.
Several of the game's current stars, including Las Vegas resident Andre Agassi and No. 1-ranked Roger Federer, are committed to playing in the Dubai Duty Free Open the same week as the ATP Tennis Channel Open.
Australian Wayne Arthurs won the 2005 tournament in Scottsdale, defeating Mario Ancic of Croatia.