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London BACKED for Masters Cup

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London backed for Masters Cup

The Dome at Greenwich could host the Masters Cup, says De Villiers
London has been backed to host the ATP's season-ending Masters Cup by its chairman Etienne De Villiers.
Shanghai's deal to stage the event runs out in 2008, after which De Villiers said it is likely to return to Europe.

He said: "It's an open process, but I'd love it to go to London in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games.

"There's a phenomenal facility at the Dome, and a lot of support from the city authorities, from the LTA, broadcasters and sponsors."

He added: "The Masters Cup needs to be where most of the fans are.

"It needs to follow the natural course of the European indoor season. It would make a lot more sense to have it in Europe.

"I don't regret the fact that the Masters Cup went to Shanghai - it was the right thing to do for the development of the sport and of the Chinese market.

"But we must take the development of tennis in China to the next level which is to give them a Masters Series event in exchange for bringing the Masters Cup back to Europe.

The season's finale for the top eight players in the ATP Race will be staged in Shanghai for the second consecutive year from 13-21 November.
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Re: London BACKED for Masters Cup

Fuck yes!!!

About time we got to stage that or a Masters Series event
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Yeah great idea, will develop the British market. It's not like they hold an ATP tournament already... oh, wait.

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London with 3 ATP tournaments
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I am sure the dome is going to be developed into a casino.

Anyway like china there will be a 0% chance of a player qualifying(to avoid crowd support for home player) so Britain would great a great venue for the year end event

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What a horrid idea.

How cold is it in London in November????

So it would have to be on indoor courts. Yuck....

A big NO to London for the Masters Cup.
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to be fair wimbledon is a GS not a atp tournament and all 3 are grass and i presume TMC would be on a hard surface anyway.

I don't think the UK as any inndoor hardcourt facilities capable (8,000+ seats) of hosting the masters cup
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Great idea!
No misbehaving home crowds (well, depends on Murray's future development, of course...), and yeah, I really like the British attitude on tennis...

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I think it's a good idea

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Not a good idea for me!

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It´s a very bad idea, they already has Wimbledon!!

The Master Cup Should be played in a country which doesn't have an important tournament.
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I don't think any city that has a grand slam deserves a masters event. Keep it in Asia i reckon.

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I like the idea I think London would be a great venue.



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Re: London BACKED for Masters Cup

Oh dear the anglophobes are already out in force.

As for the idea yes it sounds good, then again people forget Paris has an AMS and GS, and the US had the USO and the TMC when it was in Houston.

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Re: London BACKED for Masters Cup

I love the idea - it would be held in the Millennium Dome (renamed the O2 from next year and reopened as a major stadium and entertainment venue, possibly with a casino and other attractions.

It would be a great arena (it's being used for the 2012 games for some events), indoors so no worries about the weather.

Yes it's a third event for London but if you look at the Calendar we only really have Queens, Wimbledon and Nottingham in the UK whereas other countries such as France, Germany and Spain actually have many more than this - and I agree as a culmination of the indoor season that goes from Moscow/others to Madrid, Basel and others to Paris, finishing off in London would make much more sense than in Shanghai

One other point - I know first hand how hard it is to get tickets for Wimbledon AND for Queens in London - these events are hugely oversubscribed and it's hard for genuine fans like me to be able to purchase good tickets.

I think there's a market for it coming here - you never see the tennis events in this country with empty seats - even the seniors tour in the Albert Hall is very well attended. I think we'd get bums on seats and lots of them.
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