The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), the governing body of the men’s professional game, has today (Friday) announced the final shortlist of candidate cities bidding to host the season-ending ATP Finals from 2021 to 2025.
The English city of Manchester, the Japanese capital of Tokyo, Turin in Italy and Singapore have been selected by the ATP to progress and will now be assessed alongside current host London in the final phase of the bidding process.
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 August, the ATP confirmed it had opened an international tender process to determine the location of the event beyond 2020 and the organisation will now visit the candidate cities to further review their respective visions for the tournament.
Today’s announcement of the final shortlist follows an extensive bid application process, which attracted interest from more than 40 cities around the world. The ATP said a decision on the successful candidate would not be made before March 2019.
ATP executive chairman and president Chris Kermode said: “The level of interest we have received worldwide throughout the bid application process reflects the rich heritage of this unique tournament, as well as the success of the event at The O2 since 2009. It has been a highly competitive process, and the candidate cities on the shortlist deserve huge credit for the passion and creative vision they have shown in their respective plans to continue the growth of our showpiece event.
“The ATP Finals have never stood still, remaining vibrant and relevant to fans, sponsors and the media worldwide at every turn. There’s no question that London has set a very high benchmark and, with the final shortlist announced today, we believe we will be well-placed to determine the next exciting chapter of a tournament that has come to represent the absolute pinnacle in men’s professional tennis.”
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.