ATP launches search for Finals host

The ATP, which operates the top men’s tennis tour, has launched an international tender process to select the future host of the season-ending ATP Finals beyond 2020.

The tournament, which is sponsored by Nitto, features the top eight men’s singles players and doubles teams.

The O2 in London has staged the tournament since 2009 and it is understood that the venue could retain the hosting rights. The O2 attracts more than 250,000 spectators for the event every year.

“Our season-ending tournament has been a remarkable success story since it moved to London in 2009, and we look forward to continuing the tournament’s growth over the next three years at The O2 through to 2020,” ATP executive chairman and president Chris Kermode said.

“The tournament’s popularity and stature have reached unprecedented heights in London, which has attracted significant interest from potential future host cities over the years. We feel the time is right to undertake this international tender process as we look to secure the event’s future beyond 2020.

“The O2 has set a very high bar, and we expect that staying in London beyond 2020 will also be among the options for consideration as we go through this process.”

The tournament has been staged in Tokyo, New York, Sydney and Shanghai over the years, before landing in London.

The ATP has selected the Sport Business Group at Deloitte to manage the tender process. Interested parties have until November 2 to submit an application, with a shortlist of candidate cities set to be revealed on December 14. The final decision is set to be made in March 2019 at the earliest.

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