London facing competition for ATP World Tour Finals rights

Four unnamed regions are in the running to contest London’s staging of the ATP World Tour Finals, according to Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) chief executive Chris Kermode.

The English capital has played host to the season finale of the men’s tennis season at the O2 Arena since 2009 and in November 2012 the ATP announced an extended deal to remain in London through 2015.

Kermode has revealed interest is high in taking over from 2016 and that a decision will be made on the successful candidate next spring.

“We've got interest from four other regions and we'll make a decision by March or April," Kermode told BBC Radio Five Live:

The 2014 edition of the World Tour Finals, featuring the top eight singles players in men’s tennis, begins on November 9, with home favourite Andy Murray yet to secure a spot alongside the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Since its inception 44 years ago, the Tour Finals have been staged in 14 different cities including Tokyo, New York, Lisbon, Sydney and most recently Shanghai, before moving to London.