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Masters Cup coming to London in 2009!

SeagullUK
07-03-2007, 10:48 AM
Just been announced...for at least 4 years at the O2 Arena
:D :D

suomi
07-03-2007, 10:53 AM
yes! And it will be called " ATP World Tour Final " ! :)

alansk
07-03-2007, 10:54 AM
That's the dome right? Excellent :D

maconick
07-03-2007, 10:55 AM
source???

alansk
07-03-2007, 10:59 AM
I saw it on BBC Wimbledon live text:

1040: It's just been announced that London will host the end-of-season Masters Cup for four years from 2009, which means top-quality tennis in the UK - under a roof! Great news.

RonE
07-03-2007, 11:01 AM
:yeah:

stebs
07-03-2007, 11:01 AM
They will stop when it rains outside just because it would feel weird not to.

refero*fervens
07-03-2007, 11:30 AM
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London Awarded 2009 ATP World Tour Final

Wimbledon, London – The ATP, governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuit, announced today that the Tennis Masters Cup will move from Shanghai to London in 2009 and be renamed as the ATP World Tour Final. The world’s best singles and doubles teams will compete in London’s O2 Arena for over $4.5 million of prize money.

“The world’s best tennis players coming together in the unique and iconic setting of London’s O2 Arena to decide who will be crowned ATP World Tour Final champion, is simply an irresistible and potent mix," said Etienne de Villiers, Executive Chairman of the ATP.

“London is the world’s most cosmopolitan city with a vibrancy and energy that makes it ideally suited to hosting this event. The ATP visits over 30 countries, so having our end of season finale in such a diverse city could not be more appropriate. With our joint promoters AEG’s expertise and the All England Club’s experience of running the Wimbledon Championships, I believe we have the perfect team in place to deliver a stunning event. ”

The event, which will be held at The O2 Arena, a designated London 2012 venue owned by AEG will see a hard court sit in the centre of the 20,000 seat state of the art arena. The venue will also create a kids zone, hosted by the LTA.

Philip Beard, Chief Executive of The O2, welcomed their role as joint promoter: “The O2 Arena is a world class venue designed to host world class music and sports events and we’re thrilled it’s the new home for the ATP’s end of season finale. Having the world’s best players battling it out in our state of the art arena is an exciting prospect and one that I know will capture the imagination of tennis fans throughout the UK and beyond.”

Roger Federer world number one, said: “I love coming to London for The Championships each summer, so I am delighted that the end of season championships will be moving to one of my favourite cities in the world. I’m sure it will be a spectacular event in what looks like a fantastic venue.”

Ian Ritchie, Chief Executive of the All England Club, said: “The reputation of The Championships as the world’s premier tennis event combined with the success of the British grass court season has consistently created a demand for more top quality international tennis in the UK. To be able to satisfy some of that demand by bringing to London another world class event such as the ATP World Tour Final is as rewarding for us as I hope it will be exciting and entertaining for all tennis fans across the country.”

Stuart Smith, President of the LTA agreed, he said: “This is great news for British tennis. Having more world class tennis being played in this country can only inspire more people, especially youngsters to take up the sport. Getting more juniors competing regularly will help us develop the game and lead to more, quality players coming through to the top level and hopefully going on to become champions of the future. The LTA is delighted to play a part in this great event.”

Now in its 8th year, the event currently brings together the eight best singles and doubles teams, based on their ATP ranking. In recognition of the importance of the Grand Slam tournaments, any current Grand Slam champion, not ranked in the top eight, is also invited to participate.

The World Tour Final will replace the Tennis Masters Cup, currently held in Shanghai’s Qi Zhong Tennis Centre, as the men’s tour’s season finale. Television coverage of the 2005 Cup was distributed to 146 countries and was watched by a cumulative world wide audience of 150 million tennis fans. The event, as in previous years, is expected to attract thousands of tennis fans from across the world.

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http://www.masters-cup.com/1/news/stories/london_2009.asp

:)

Via
07-03-2007, 12:22 PM
:confused: how many times has this event changed its name in the last 10 years? guess.

Horatio Caine
07-03-2007, 12:40 PM
Great news!!! :banana:

Davydenko had better not come then! He won't find anything to do in London... :silly:

Action Jackson
07-03-2007, 12:43 PM
Dumb move.

Spread the game around it's global. They should rotate the venue annually, but that would be logical.

stebs
07-03-2007, 12:57 PM
Dumb move.

Spread the game around it's global. They should rotate the venue annually, but that would be logical.

I agree that rotation would be good. Alternatively I'd like to see it stay in Asia as an Asian slam equivalent (of course TMC isn't as big as a slam but you know what I mean).

Certainly London doesn't 'need' another tennis event but all the same I guess I shouldn't complain as no doubt I'll be heading up their to see whoever is top 8 in '09.

Ferrero Forever
07-03-2007, 12:57 PM
Dumb move.

Spread the game around it's global. They should rotate the venue annually, but that would be logical.

Yes I agree completely. I didn't think of that idea, but I like it.

I was thinking that England already has Queens and Wimbledon, so they don't need the Masters Cup too (nothing against England, but still) so I think having it in Asia was a good idea, because then the game is more global. But the rotating venue is an excellent idea. Too bad the ATP heads can't think rationally though.

nobama
07-03-2007, 01:01 PM
Golf is global too, but the biggest events are staged in the USA. They're following the $$.

Action Jackson
07-03-2007, 01:30 PM
Golf is global too, but the biggest events are staged in the USA. They're following the $$.

Not relevant in this case to use the golf analogy.

Action Jackson
07-03-2007, 01:31 PM
I agree that rotation would be good. Alternatively I'd like to see it stay in Asia as an Asian slam equivalent (of course TMC isn't as big as a slam but you know what I mean).

Certainly London doesn't 'need' another tennis event but all the same I guess I shouldn't complain as no doubt I'll be heading up their to see whoever is top 8 in '09.

TMC is less to organise than an IS event and should be moved around.

Time to bump up an old thread on this issue.

ntorcida
07-03-2007, 01:47 PM
As long as they don`t bring in some traditions like playing without roof or (on example) free wednesday - then let it be in London for next 4 years, It is OK with me :D

ae wowww
07-03-2007, 04:12 PM
Glad it's coming here, but like GWH agree it should rotate constantly, would make a lot more sense. I shall attend when the time comes!

star
07-03-2007, 05:13 PM
I think annual rotation would be nice, but they tried that system and there seemed to be problems with it as well. What we have now is a 4 year rotation system. At least it spreads the joy -- just not as speedily. :)

I'm in the wrong hemisphere to think Asia is a good place to hold the tournament because that makes watching live hard for me. Fun for those in Asia and Australia though to actually have compatible time zones for tennis.

Personally, I would like to have the year end tournament held in the southern hemisphere and held outside. Having it in South America would be great. On clay, even better. ;):p :lol: