The Valencia Open will not take place in the city next year because of a dispute between the organisers and the regional government, Tournament Director Juan Carlos Ferrero said. Former World No.1 Ferrero, who comes from the same region said that he was "very disappointed" that an agreement with the Government had not been honoured and they were considering renting or selling the licence for the event, which has been running since 2003, to another city (which may be Antwerp or Bruxelles).
“We feel we have been deceived - Ferrero said during a press conference after Sunday's final - In 2014, there was an agreement with the previous administration and it was not honoured and we feel deeply deceived by the new government” added the 2003 French Open champion.
He further added “It's not state aid or a subsidy, it's a commercial agreement, an accord that benefits the administration financially. This tournament was a gift for the Valencia residents but we have to move on.
I am very upset. It was me who bought the tournament many years ago with the understanding it would have a future". ALSO READ: ATP VALENCIA - Joao Sousa beats Roberto Bautista Agut, but the Spaniard has many regrets.