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ATP replaces World Tour host Bangkok with Shenzhen

The ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) board of directors have approved the relocation of the ATP World Tour 250 tournament from Bangkok to Shenzhen in China from next year onwards.

To take place on September 22-28 at the Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center, the transfer means that China becomes the first country outside the United States to host tournaments across all three ATP World Tour 250, 500 and Masters 1000 tournament categories.

ATP executive vice-president Alison Lee said: “China has long been a growing market for men’s professional tennis and we’re delighted to strengthen our presence in the region through the addition of this ATP World Tour 250 tournament in Shenzhen.

“The opportunities for growth in China continue to abound, and we look forward to working with the tournament organisers in delivering a first-class event in 2014. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported the Thailand Open in Bangkok since 2003.”