ATP Discontinues World Team Cup Competition, Dusseldorf Will Get 250 Series Event Instead
After 35 years the ATP World Team Cup "will not return to Dusseldorf, Germany in '13, as the men's tennis organization sold the WTC license to a Rumanian businessman," according to Michael Ryberg of DER WESTEN. German tennis great Boris Becker's former Manager Ion Tiriac, who is worth €600M ($774M), the second-richest man in Rumania, "allegedly paid €1.6M ($2.1M) for the WTC license." However, WTC Tournament Dir Dietloff von Arnim "seems to have set the foundation to continue the tennis tradition at Dusseldorf's Rochusclub." An old contract clause provides the Rochusclub with an ATP license if the WTC is discontinued (DER WESTEN, 10/1). In Dusseldorf, Gianni Costa wrote that instead of the WTC, "the Rochusclub will host a category 250 series ATP tournament in the future." Current WTC title sponsor, Austrian energy drink producer Power Horse, "is expected to continue its partnership with the Rochusclub." The new name of the event will likely be "Power Horse Open." The prize money for a category 250 series ATP tournament is €415,000 ($535,500) (RP-ONLINE, 10/2).