St. Petersburg Open To Lose Place On ATP Tour, Tournament To Move To Tel Aviv
Russian Tennis Federation VP Yevgeny Kafelnikov said that the St. Petersburg Open "is to lose its place on the ATP men’s tennis tour," according to R-SPORT. The indoor hard-court tournament, "usually held in September, has been an ATP event since 1995." It is an ATP 250 event, "the lowest rank on the men’s tour." Kafelnikov tweeted, "Unfortunately, today the ATP will announce that the SP Open is to disappear from the calendar, and the tournament will move to Tel Aviv! A shame." Kafelnikov said the rights to the tournament may have been “sold,” but said he was not sure on that point. If the tournament moves to Tel Aviv, "it would be the first ATP main-tour event to be held in Israel since the Tel Aviv Open ceased to be part of the tour" from '96 onward (R-SPORT, 4/16).