Tennis -- Here's another chapter in the growing story of China's importance in the tennis world. The ATP World Tour has decided to move the tournament from Bangkok, Thailand to Shenzen, China starting from 2014.
The event will be held from September 22-28 at the Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center and means that, for the first time, China will play host to an ATP World Tour 250, 500 and Masters 1000 event across three successive weeks during the Asia swing from 2014.
Alison Lee, ATP Executive Vice President, International Group, commented, “China has long been a growing market for men’s professional tennis and we’re delighted to strengthen our presence in the region through the addition of this ATP World Tour 250 tournament in Shenzhen.
The opportunities for growth in China continue to abound, and we look forward to working with the tournament organisers in delivering a first-class event in 2014. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported the Thailand Open in Bangkok over the past 11 years.”
Tournament Director, Allon Khakshouri, commented, “I want to thank BEC-Tero, the LTAT, and all the sponsors and supporters of the Thailand Open, as well as all the Thai fans, for making this tournament such a success.
The entire tennis world will miss the warm and friendly Thai hospitality. At the same time, it is a privilege for me to share my experience as the Tournament Director with the new team in the host city of Shenzhen. The new ATP World Tour event, Shenzhen Open, confirms the exponential growth of tennis in the People's Republic of China.”