Representatives from the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) have inspected the 55,000- capacity National Stadium in Singapore as they decide on the next host for the Nitto ATP Finals.
Singapore is one of five cities vying to host the event from 2021 to 2025 together with Manchester, Tokyo, Turin and the current host London, which has been home to the event since 2009.
Sport Singapore chief executive officer Lim Teck Yin told the Singapore Sunday Times: “We did bring them to look at the different venues, the different back-of-house facilities, how we envisage we would connect the overall fan experience, how we would be able to look after the players and how the players would be able to move quite seamlessly across the different venues.
“I think they want for Singapore to make it a uniquely Singaporean experience – they know what we’ve done with the Formula One. They were quite clear it wasn’t about trying to replicate what you see elsewhere.”
London has a strong chance of retaining the Finals having proved its ability to drive attendances and attract international visitors to the event. The city has drawn a cumulative total of more than 2.5 million spectators to the O2 Arena in the time it has hosted the tournament. For Singapore to succeed it will have to prove it is equally adept at attracting overseas fans. The city hosted the WTA Finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, which runs alongside the National Stadium, from 2014 to 2018.