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January 14, 2003

MELBOURNE, Australia (Ticker) - The ATP on Tuesday agreed to move another tournament to mainland China, relocating an event formerly held in Hong Kong to Beijing.

The Salem Open had been held in Hong Kong for a decade but will be played the week of September 8 at the Beijing Municipal Tennis Centre, which is under consideration as a tennis venue for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

The Heineken Open has been held since 1996 in Shanghai, which last year hosted the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup.

"Chinese tennis fans have enjoyed the world-class tennis action they have seen in their own country, particularly evident from last year's sellout crowds and huge domestic television ratings at the Masters Cup," ATP CEO Mark Miles said.

"The Beijing tournament will further contribute to solidifying this popularity, especially important with the city hosting the 2008 Olympic Games."

Also being relocated is the President's Cup, which moves from Tashkent, Uzbekistan to the 5,000-seat Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand the week of September 22.
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