The ATP Finals, the season-ending event for the men’s ATP Tour, is set to leave London, with multiple reports claiming that the Italian city of Turin is favourite to land the tennis showpiece.
The tournament has been held at The O2 in London since 2009 and the venue has a deal in place to stage the event until 2020. In December, the ATP announced the final shortlist of candidate cities bidding to host the Finals from 2021 to 2025.
The English city of Manchester, the Japanese capital of Tokyo, Turin and Singapore were named on a shortlist alongside current host London in the final phase of the bidding process. UK newspaper The Times today (Wednesday) reported that Turin is the frontrunner, with the Italian government providing a large portion of a guarantee of around £65m (€75m/$84.7m) put forward for the five-year contract.
The Times stated that Turin’s bid could yet falter if any further doubts emerge over its financial backing. Officials behind the Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo bid to host the 2026 winter Olympics have questioned the level of government support for the ATP Finals bid.
However, concerns on this matter are said to have eased recently and a final decision could be made by the ATP by the end of April.
The ATP Finals were first held in Tokyo in 1970. The event has since been held in New York, Sydney and Shanghai, among other cities.