I just read about this today (translation from Greek article):
Douvis: "We are claiming a big tennis tournament"
Stavros Douvis, Secretary General of the Ministry of Sports, announced in an interview with Supersport 2, that efforts are being made to organize a big tennis tournament (in the order of $800,000-$1,000,000) in Athens.
In particular, Mr Douvis said: "We have one of the best courts in the world in the Olympic Complex. There is interest among investors and sponsors for the organization of the tournament. We are expecting the visit of important people in professional tennis
(I guess he means the ATP) in November. We will attempt to acquire one of the 5 tournaments that are available, and hope for the participation of Marcos Baghdatis, which will attract the interest of Greek tennis fans as well as others. We will soon be able to say more about the tournament we are claiming."
Here's the link for those of you that can read Greek:
I certainly hope they manage to get it! It would be a big step towards increasing the popularity of tennis in Greece and a nice location for foreign tennis fans who could combine a nice vacation with some high quality tennis.
I guess if it actually happens it would start in 2008 or later, since the 2007 calendar is already set.
I am not familiar with the procedures needed to acquire an ATP tournament and wasn't even aware that there were tournaments for ...sale! Maybe someone else has more info about this and the likelihood of success of the Greek claim...