The ATP has announced that the Italian city of Turin will replace London as host of the ATP Finals, the season-ending event for men’s tennis, after next year.
Turin has sealed a five-year deal, running from 2021 to 2025, with the ATP Finals to call Pala Alpitour, Italy’s largest indoor sporting arena, its new home.
The winning Turin bid was put together by the Italian Tennis Federation (FIT) and Sport e Salute SpA in partnership with the Italian Government, the municipality of Turin and Regione Piemonte. The move brings the ATP Finals to Italy for the first time in its 50-year history and makes Turin the 15th city to host the tournament since its inception in 1970.
Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President, said: “Our congratulations to Turin on putting together such a comprehensive and impressive bid. Italy provides us with one of the strongest and most established tennis markets in Europe and has a proven track record for hosting world class tennis events with the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, as well as the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.
“We’re delighted to expand on our successful partnership with the FIT and Sport e Salute SpA and we look forward to bringing the ATP’s flagship season-ending event to tennis’s growing fanbase in Italy for the first time.”
The ATP’s decision brings to a close an extensive international bid process that began in August 2018 in which more than 40 cities expressed an interest in hosting the season finale. The event is currently held at The O2 in London.
Kermode added: “The success of the ATP Finals is critical to the health of the ATP and we believe that Turin has all the ingredients to take the event to new heights and to continue the tournament’s growth following a highly successful 12-year stint in London that will come to an end in 2020. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our event partners in London, particularly AEG, and all the fans that have made the tournament such a success at The O2 since 2009.”
The ATP Finals features the world’s best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams of the season.
Chiara Appendino, Mayor of Turin, said: “We are extremely proud that Turin has been chosen to host the ATP Finals 2021-2025 as sport has long been a significant part of the history and the culture of our city.
“As a city we will come together to harness the knowhow of a vast range of local experts in organising international sporting events and we are confident that our unique combination of passion and experience will deliver opportunities to appreciate this exhilarating sport in sustainable and innovative ways. Turin looks forward to building a truly spectacular event for players and fans the world over.”