ATP is moving to Turin from London. After a residence of 12 years, Turing won the final bolstered by the financial backing of Italian government.
Yesterday, Association of Tennis Professional announced, from now on ATP will be hosted by the city of Turin for the next five years. The bid was put together by Italian Tennis Federation, Sports E salute, the municipality of Turin and Regione Piemonte. The other competitors of the bid included, London, Manchester, Singapore, Tokyo and 40 other cities across the globe.
Chris Karmode, ATP Executive Chairman said in his official statement, “Italy provides us with one of strongest and most established tennis markets in Europe and has a proved track record for hosting world class tennis event with the Internazioli BNL d’italia in Rome, as well as the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. The success of the ATP finals is critical to the health of the ATP and we believe that Turin has all the ingredients to take the events to new heights and to continue the tournament’s growth following a highly successful 12-year stint in London that will come to an end in 2025.”
Italy is also striving hard to host the 2020 winter Olympics with a bid from Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo. The country is already hosting the Ryder Cup Golf Competition to be held at the Marco Simone Club just outside Rome. Italian government has pledged 78 million euros in funding for the ATP finals. This is one of the several sports events they are backing.