The Association of Tennis Professionals has announced its first event in Turkey with Istanbul set to host an ATP World Tour 250 tournament beginning next year.
The first ever World Tour event in Turkey will be played on clay from April 27 to May 3. The ATP has struck the deal with Istanbul Kupasi Tenis Isletmecilik Turizm A.S., a subsidiary of Garanti Koza, one of Turkey’s largest international general contracting companies.
The Garanti Koza Istanbul Open will be held at the Koza World of Sports facility, which is promoted as the largest tennis academy in the world. The centre court features a retractable roof and will provide seating for 7,500 people. Two other clay show courts raise available seating to 9,500.
Chris Kermode, ATP executive chairman and president, said: “This incredible new facility in Istanbul will make a wonderful addition to the many remarkable venues that feature on the ATP World Tour throughout the season. As we add an important market such as Turkey to our global footprint, the ATP World Tour will be set to take place across 62 tournaments in 32 countries in 2015.”
The World Tour 250 series represents the lowest tier of events on the men’s tennis calendar. Istanbul’s new event will take place in week 17 of the 2015 ATP World Tour, alongside the Portugal Open in Oeiras and the BMW Open in Munich, Germany.