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Djokovic, Nadal Call For ATP World Tour Finals To Leave London After '15
Published November 5, 2013
IF IT AIN'T BROKE...: Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Tournament Dir Andre Silva said staying in the U.K. past '15 is "definitely" a possibility. He added, "The tournament is a very important part of the business of the ATP. More important than exposing everyone around the world to it is making sure it's healthy and not an experiment." Tennis player Roger Federer said, "I must agree with Andre in many ways because I think it's important that this event is played in a place that knows tennis. I think it's good sometimes to play Shanghai, or maybe Lisbon or Sydney for a year, but I think it's not long enough in one place to put its roots down." He added, "If the numbers make sense, if the excitement of everybody involved makes sense, I think we should keep it here." Former ATP Properties CEO Richard Davies said that London was "'twice as successful' in monetary value for the ruling body than other host cities" (CNN.com, 11/4). In London, Neil Harman writes moving the event "makes no sense, not least for those Europeans who dominate the present rankings." A record 263,000 people attended the event last year, and as of last night 255,000 had "already guaranteed their attendance this year" (LONDON TIMES, 11/5).The BBC's Russell Fuller writes the tournament has "embraced an atmospheric and futuristic home" in the O2 Arena. The elements "conspire against outdoor events in tennis's key markets in November." London does "a remarkable job in selling 17,500 seats for a large majority of the sessions." Tennis player Tomas Berdych said that entering the arena is "on a par with walking onto Wimbledon's Centre Court" (BBC.co.uk, 11/5). CNN.com's Will Edmonds wrote as a tennis fan, "nothing compares" to the tournament. Every resource is "used to create a rock concert atmosphere, with great music, pyrotechnics and lasers aplenty" (CNN.com, 11/4).
CUP RUNNETH OVER: A USTA official yesterday confirmed that Petco Park "will host a first-round Davis Cup match" between the U.S. and Great Britain from Jan. 31-Feb. 2. In San Diego, Don Norcross cites a USTA source as saying that the organization "will play the match on slow, red clay." The court is "expected to be laid out from left field to center field with temporary seats brought in opposite the left-field bleachers." San Diego last hosted a Davis Cup match in February '06 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/5).