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SHANGHAI CONFIRMED AS ATP MASTERS SERIES EVENT FROM 2009

Shanghai has hosted the men’s season-ending Tennis Masters Cup on three occasions. The first was in 2002 and it has since held the event in 2005 and 2006 and will continue to stage the tournament in China for the next two years.

“We are delighted to confirm that the ATP will expand its relationship with the city, its tennis fans and our partners in Shanghai in their world class tennis facility and stadium,” said ATP Executive Chairman and President Etienne de Villiers.

“China is a major growth market for tennis and it is vital for the sport to have premium events in its major cities, ideally on a continuing basis. With the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour announcing a top event in Beijing we have now given the sport of tennis in China the chance to develop and evolve over time and options to allow existing and new tennis fans to savor the joys of our great sport at the highest level.”

Tennis Masters Cup Tournament Director and ATP CEO International, Brad Drewett said the tournament had played a significant role in the development and popularity of the game in not only Shanghai, but also China as a whole.

“It is a natural progression for Shanghai to become an ATP Masters Series Tournament,” Drewett said. “Shanghai has the infrastructure and expertise as well as huge public support to stage one of the ATP’s eight biggest events.”