The ATP announced on Tuesday that Istanbul will host an ATP World Tour 250 tournament beginning next year. The first ever ATP World Tour event in Turkey will be played on clay from April 27-May 3. The Garanti Koza Istanbul Open will be held at the Koza World of Sports facility, which is promoted as the largest tennis academy in the world. The center court features a retractable roof and will provide seating for 7,500 people. Two other clay show courts raise available seating to 9,500. The tournament venue is part of an overall tennis academy that features 15 outdoor clay courts, 20 outdoor hard courts and 28 indoor hard courts and is located within a sporting complex which also has facilities for swimming, basketball, volleyball, football and handball. A five-star hotel is nearby. The tournament has been brought to Istanbul by Istanbul Kupasi Tenis Isletmecilik Turizm A.S., a subsidiary of Garanti Koza, one of Turkey’s largest int'l general contracting companies (ATP).
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The German national handball team "has received a wild card for the 2015 world championship in Qatar," according to the SID. The Int'l Handball Federation "confirmed the decision at a meeting in Zagreb, Croatia." The German team, which failed to qualify for the event, "receives the vacant Oceania spot." The reason is that Oceania "currently does not have an IHF recognized governing body." Therefore, the IHF "decided to give the vacant spot to the highest finishing team of the 2013 world championship that failed to qualify for Qatar." The German team "finished fifth in '13" (SID, 7/8).
La Liga side Valencia "will travel to England to take part in this year’s Emirates Cup, hosted by Arsenal on August 2, as well as confirming trips to Germany and South America." Valencia will "clash with Monaco on August 2 and Portuguese champions Benfica a day later" (INSIDE SPANISH FOOTBALL, 7/7). ... Architecture firm Mackenzie & Ebert Ltd. has been appointed "to suggest changes to the Dunluce Course and Valley Courses in anticipation of The Open Championship being held at Royal Portrush Golf Club in the future." A "fundamental priority regarding the changes to the Dunluce Course will be to respect the original design characteristics of Harry Colt and to imagine what he would advise in the same circumstances" (ISPORTCONNECT, 7/8).