ATP Calendar For 2014 Highlighted By New Masters 500 Event In Rio De Janeiro
The ATP revealed its calendar for '14, highlighted by a new ATP World Tour 500 event in Rio de Janeiro, according to IG. The Rio tournament, to be played on clay, is scheduled to begin on Feb. 17, 2014 and will be part of a four-week South American swing. ATP President Brad Drewett said, "The four-week South American swing including a new event in Rio de Janeiro is an exciting development for the sport. There are significant opportunities for growth in South America, a region that has become a key focus for us as we look to grow and develop the sport in that territory" (IG, 1/21). The EFE noted the South American swing also includes events in Viña del Mar, Chile, Buenos Aires, Argentina and São Paulo, Brazil. One of the novelties in the new calendar is the incorporation of a one week break between between the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris and the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London (EFE, 1/21).