Shanghai to become Asia's first city to host ATP Masters Series

04-17-2007, 01:38 AM

SHANGHAI, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai will become Asia's first city to host the ATP Masters Series from 2009 after signing an agreement with ATP here on Monday.

Brad Drewett, the CEO of ATP International, signed the host agreement with Yu Chen, director of the Shanghai Administration of Sports, making China's economic hub a permanent home of the ATP Masters Series tournament.

"Shanghai finally makes its dream come true," Qiu Weichang, deputy director of the Shanghai Administration of Sports, said in the signing ceremony.

Shanghai, which held the Masters Cup in 2002 as well as the last two years running, will retain the season-ending men's event through 2008 before it heads back to Europe.

The Masters Cup is open to the eight best performing players of the year.

Women's tennis governing body the WTA two weeks ago made Beijing a host of one of four elite events with a minimum four million U.S. dollars each in prize money on a revamped 20-tournament top-level calendar.

The upgrade of the China Open as a top-tier tournament is part of a plan to improve and shorten the entire women's tennis tour starting in 2009.

The WTA said the decision to give Beijing one of the elite nine-day tournaments was part of plans to make tennis in China much more popular.

"These two events will become the core of the development of Chinese tennis, which will promote the overall tennis development in China," said Li Youlin, deputy director of the Tennis Administrative Center under the General Administration of Sports of China.

Drewett said that Shanghai's enthusiasm for tennis makes it outstanding among many of the bidding rivals.

"After years of development, Shanghai has possessed good infrastructures, specialists and public supports, which has made tennis part of Shanghai's culture. "

Drewett promised that ATP would bring more excellent tennis player to the city.

Statistics showed that people who play tennis once a week at least in Shanghai have increased from less than 10,000 in 1997 to 545,000.

04-17-2007, 02:48 AM
Great news for Fans in China. :bounce:

04-17-2007, 03:02 AM
It's nice of the ATP to make this official before the business with events like Monte Carlo and Hamburg is settled. This is smart decision making and conscientious public relations all in all.

As always, fans and players come first.

04-17-2007, 03:36 AM
Wow, so how are they gonna do this w/ the Monte Carlo/Hamburg business still unsettled? ATP...:rolleyes:

04-17-2007, 05:26 AM
lol not really a problem to have too much money flooding in. they can always have a few more of those 'masters 1000', can't they? :p

so now the top women go to beijing, and the top men go to shanghai? guess everyone's happy now :)

04-17-2007, 05:49 AM
Wow, so how are they gonna do this w/ the Monte Carlo/Hamburg business still unsettled? ATP...:rolleyes:

The ATP should get rid of Paris AMS & possibly Cincinatti AMS is one too many in the US:eek:
-->>> With the addition of Shanghai that would make 8-AMS [just what the doctor ordered];)

MC should/will keep it`s AMS status & Hamburg is borderline~> perhaps that AMS should go to South America [but there`s the problem of sponsors in Argentina/Brazil etc..]:cool:

Anyway the Shanghai AMS decision is a good one:D

04-17-2007, 06:19 AM
That's great!:bigclap:
Now we will be able to see more tennis masters:D
Wish good luck to Monte-carlo and Hamburg.

04-17-2007, 06:43 AM
too good for asians!

04-17-2007, 07:41 AM
its a natural progression
in terms of tennis & marketing
after all the asian market promises the highest profit
every sport aims for the money these days
shanghai has organizes the tennis masters cup & proved successive