Craig Tiley believes the Premium Tour is the future of tennis

The CEO of the Australian Open has sided with those calling for the creation of a Parallel Tour to the current ATP Tour

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Craig Tiley believes the Premium Tour is the future of tennis
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The Australian Open CEO Craig Tiley has revealed that he is in favor of the creation of an alternative Tour parallel to the ATP Tour. A Premium Tour in which tennis players would only participate in the most important tournaments: the four Slams and the ATP Masters 1000.

"Tennis has great opportunities to offer a premium product. The Premium Tour for the future of our sport is an idea that has been on the table for several years, and the fact of motivating our sport and showing an active predisposition to this, in a more open way, it's something that's still happening and it's exciting," said Tiley, as reported by the Sydney Herald.

However, the CEO of the Slam Down Under, ruled out that this solution could be implemented in the next few months: "I think there is a lot of work to do. There are many interested parties who need to reach an agreement, but tennis has the great opportunity to offer a unique and much more coordinated product, a Premium product.

We have been trying to achieve this goal for years, but the Grand Slams have achieved excellent results in the current framework and continue to do so. These are the times of the year when players are most mobilised, this is where they earn most of their money, but also where they have the opportunity to profile themselves on a global level." With these words Tiley has however left a door open to this change in the future.

What would the Premium Tour be

In recent weeks, rumors have become increasingly insistent that there is a possibility of creating a Tour parallel to the current ATP Tour. A circuit that includes only the most important and prestigious tournaments: the 4 Slams and all the ATP Masters 1000.

The rumors that have been circulating have clearly sparked discussion among the media, insiders and fans but, above all, the players themselves, who would be directly interested in this revolution.

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