December 6, 2013
Andre Silva will leave his position as ATP World Tour Chief Player Officer and Tournament Director of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the end of this year, the ATP has announced
Silva has been the ATP’s Chief Player Officer since January 2007 and the Tournament Director of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals since June 2012. Prior to that, he spent two years leading the Player Relations Department as its Vice President.
“My family and I are very thankful for everything that the ATP has done for us over the past 13 wonderful years. The ATP has helped me develop and grow as a professional and I will always have great memories of my time here,” said Silva.
“We thank Andre for the many contributions he has made towards the success of the ATP World Tour. He has played an instrumental role in our organisation for more than a decade and he will be missed as a colleague and close friend. We wish him the very best in his next endeavours,” said Mark Young, CEO ATP Americas.
Silva started his career at the ATP as a Tour Manager in 2000.
December 2, 2013
HOUSTON – Nicolas Almagro, the 2013 finalist, and Feliciano Lopez, a 2012 semifinalist, have committed to play the 2014 Fayez Sarofim & Co. US Men’s Clay Court Championship at River Oaks Country Club. These two Spanish players will join defending champion John Isner in the field for the tournament April 7-13.
Tickets for the full week as well as individual sessions and the popular Champs Pass – tickets to the Friday, Saturday and Sunday sessions – are all now on sale for the 2104 tournament. Tickets can be purchased at www.mensclaycourt.com or by calling 713-874-6294.
“It’s wonderful to be able to announce that Nicolas and Feliciano are joining our field the same week we have the individual session and Champs Pass tickets going on sale,” said Tournament Director Van Barry. “Both of these guys proved very popular when they have played at River Oaks in the past, and there’s definitely excitement that they joining John Isner in returning to play in 2014.”
Almagro was runner-up at the 2013 US Men’s Clay Court Championship, falling to Isner in the final. He has led the ATP in clay-court match wins three times in the past six seasons. With a career record of 229-108 on clay courts, he joins Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Tommy Robredo as the only active players with more than 200 wins on clay. He’s second behind only Nadal (36) for career clay court finals with 20, and has won 12 titles on the surface.
Lopez will be making his second appearance at River Oaks. He made the semifinals of the 2012 event before losing to Isner in three sets. Lopez recorded his 300th career match win during the 2013 season and also reached his eighth career ATP World Tour final. Lopez has been a member of four Davis Cup championship teams.
These two Spaniards join Isner, who will attempt to be the first player to successfully defend his US Men’s Clay Court Championship title since Andy Roddick won the 2001 and 2002 titles. Isner is the No. 1 ranked American, and will be making his sixth appearance at the tournament. His title at River Oaks was one of two tournaments he won in 2013, giving him seven for his career.
In 2014, River Oaks Country Club will celebrate hosting a tournament for the 80th time since its inauguration in 1931. The upcoming tournament will also mark the 105th staging of the US Men’s Clay Court Championship.
November 29, 2013
World No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro is set to be the top seed in a packed field at Apia International Sydney 2014, comprised of five Top 25 contenders.
Del Potro, of Argentina, leads an outstanding men’s field that boasts a main draw entry cut-off inside the Top 50, with gritty world No. 13 Nicolas Almagro of Spain and flashy Italian world No. 16 Fabio Fognini among the highest-ranked players entered.
Tournament officials will allocate their first wild card to defending champion and Australian No.1 Bernard Tomic to ensure his participation; his current Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 51 meant he fell just shy of the main-draw cut-off of No. 49.
Also set to make his mark in Sydney for the first time is Wimbledon semi-finalist and World No. 21 Jerzy Janowicz, whose powerful serve and big groundstrokes will make him a favourite to take out the prestigious title.
Former champions Jarkko Nieminen and Dmitry Tursunov will return for another shot at the title as well as popular big-serving American Sam Querrey.
Apia International Sydney Tournament Director Craig Watson is delighted to have such a strong field assembled in Sydney.
“To have our defending champions, seven top 10 stars and three Grand Slam champions bound for Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre is an outstanding result for the event and an exciting prospect for Sydney tennis fans,” Watson said.
“Our confirmed entry lists are incredibly strong; having a pair of top five stars headlining a multitude of Top 50 players ensures we will all witness some outstanding and memorable tennis action this January.”
Australian players including Marinko Matosevic, Matt Ebden and Nick Kyrgios could also take part in the event as potential wild card participants.
The official ATP field for Apia International Sydney 2014 is as follows:
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)
Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
Fabio Fognini (ITA)
Jerzy Janowicz (POL)
Andreas Seppi (ITA)
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)
Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
Julien Benneteau (FRA)
Marin Cilic (CRO)
Marcel Granollers (ESP)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)
Florian Mayer (GER)
Carlos Berlocq (ARG)
Radek Stepanek (CZE)
Denis Istomin (UZB)
Sam Querrey (USA)
Lukas Rosol (CZE)
Pablo Andujar (ESP)
Joao Sousa (POR)
Apia International Sydney 2014, proudly supported by Apia in association with Volkswagen and The NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, will take place at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre from 5 to 11 January 2014.
Apia International Sydney single session tickets and series packages are now available. One ticket provides access to every court with prices starting from just $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketek.com.au/booksydney or call 1300 888 104. For further tournament information please visit www.apiainternational.com.au
November 27, 2013
According to lequipe.fr, world No. 9 Richard Gasquet will begin a coaching/player partnership with two-time French Open winner Sergi Bruguera begging in February of 2014. Sébastien Grosjean will continue on Gasquet’s team as the co-coach in Australia. Italian coach Riccardo Piatti left Gasquet’s side during the World Tour Final in London for no reported reason.
November 22, 2013
The 2014 ATP World Tour will feature a tournament in Shenzhen, China, following the ATP Board of Directors’ approval of the relocation of the ATP World Tour 250 tournament previously held in Bangkok, Thailand.
The tournament in Shenzhen will be played from September 22-28 at the Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center, a state-of-the-art facility with more than 20 outdoor match courts. The transfer means that, for the first time, China will play host to an ATP World Tour 250, 500 and Masters 1000 event across three successive weeks during the Asia swing from 2014.
Alison Lee, ATP Executive Vice President, International Group, said, “China has long been a growing market for men’s professional tennis and we’re delighted to strengthen our presence in the region through the addition of this ATP World Tour 250 tournament in Shenzhen. The opportunities for growth in China continue to abound, and we look forward to working with the tournament organisers in delivering a first-class event in 2014. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported the Thailand Open in Bangkok over the past 11 years.”
Tournament Director, Allon Khakshouri, said, “I want to thank BEC-Tero, the LTAT, and all the sponsors and supporters of the Thailand Open, as well as all the Thai fans, for making this tournament such a success. The entire tennis world will miss the warm and friendly Thai hospitality. At the same time, it is a privilege for me to share my experience as the Tournament Director with the new team in the host city of Shenzhen. The new ATP World Tour event, Shenzhen Open, confirms the exponential growth of tennis in the People’s Republic of China.”
For more than a decade, the ATP has played an instrumental role in the growth of tennis in China through the strategic development of its top tier of tournaments. The Tennis Masters Cup, first held in Shanghai in 2002, and from 2005-‘08, catapulted tennis into the limelight in China. Since 2009, Beijing and Shanghai have hosted ATP World Tour 500 and Masters 1000 events respectively. The addition of the ATP World Tour 250 event in Shenzhen from 2014 means that China becomes the first country outside the United States to host tournaments across all three ATP World Tour tournament categories.
November 20, 2013
LONDON — The ATP has announced the appointment of Chris Kermode as ATP Executive Chairman & President. Kermode begins a three-year term at the helm of the ATP starting on 1 January 2014, and will be based in the ATP’s London office.
Kermode has been involved in tennis for more than 30 years, first as a player, and then most recently serving as Tournament Director of the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club, as well as Managing Director of the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Regarded as the ATP’s crown jewel, the tournament has welcomed more than 1.28m fans to The O2 arena in London over the past five years.
“It’s a huge honour to have been given the opportunity to lead the ATP during what is unquestionably one of the most exciting periods in the history of men’s professional tennis,” said Kermode. “I look forward to getting started in my new role, and to working very hard together with ATP staff, players, tournaments and partners as we look to harness the full potential of our great sport in years to come.”
Kermode’s wealth of knowledge of all facets of men’s professional tennis, as well as his vast experience working with all of the sport’s key stakeholders, made him a unanimous choice by the ATP Board of Directors. The appointment brings to a close a thorough search process undertaken by the ATP Board, with the assistance of executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles.
Roger Federer, President of the ATP Player Council, said, “On behalf of the players, I am delighted to welcome Chris as our new ATP Executive Chairman & President. Chris has a lot of experience having worked in a number of different capacities in tennis over the years and he has all the attributes required to lead the ATP World Tour forward during this period of unprecedented popularity and success.”
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray said, “I’ve known and worked with Chris for many years and he gets on well with the players. He’s done a great job with Queen’s and the World Tour Finals and I look forward to working with him in his new role.”
Mark Webster, ATP Board Tournament Representative, said, “Chris’s experience in the sports and entertainment industry, his business acumen and his established relationships in tennis make him the perfect candidate to lead the ATP. He has a proven track record in the game and we look forward to him bringing his many attributes to the table in his new role as ATP Executive Chairman & President.”
Justin Gimelstob, ATP Board Player Representative, said, “We are excited to welcome Chris as our new Executive Chairman and President. As a Board, our focus was on finding the best possible candidate who has an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of our sport and who can build on the successes achieved in recent years. We have full confidence that in Chris, we have found a person who can lead our organisation and continue the growth of the ATP World Tour.”
Following his career as a professional player, Kermode worked as one of London’s top tennis coaches. He went on to work in both the film and music industries, starting his own promotion & events company, before returning to tennis. Kermode has served as Managing Director of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals since 2008.
November 8, 2013
Grass-court season to be strengthened as Queen’s and Halle become ATP World Tour 500 events from 2015
LONDON — The ATP has announced significant prize money increases that will see player compensation increase by an average of 10% annually over the next five years across ATP World Tour 500 tournaments. The total prize money across the ATP World Tour 500 category will increase from $17.6 million in 2013 to $30.8 million in 2018.
In addition, the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club, London, as well as the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, will be re-categorized as ATP World Tour 500 events from 2015, when the calendar will feature a three-week grass-court swing in between Roland Garros and The Championships, Wimbledon.
Laurent Delanney, CEO ATP Europe, said: “We are delighted to have reached this outcome which sees significant prize money increases for the players, as well as the addition of two very strong tournaments in Queen’s and Halle to the ATP World Tour 500 category from 2015. The decision not only strengthens the 500s category as a whole but also enhances the grass-court season leading into Wimbledon. It is a terrific outcome for our players, tournaments and the sport as a whole.”
Queen’s and Halle will join Rotterdam, Dubai, Rio de Janeiro, Acapulco, Barcelona, Hamburg, Washington, Tokyo, Beijing, Valencia and Basel as ATP World Tour 500 events.
Simon Long, LTA Chief Commercial Officer, said: “The Aegon Championships is a world class sporting event and a fixture of the British summer calendar. Our investment in upgrading the tournament will inspire more people to play and follow tennis, and further strengthen the grass court season in the run up to The Championships, Wimbledon, so I would like to thank our partners at the ATP and the All England Club for their support in achieving this important result.”
Ralf Weber, Tournament Director of the Gerry Weber Open, said: “This is a very proud moment for us, and a true reflection of the success of the Gerry Weber Open over the past two decades. The ATP has honoured our commitment as well as our innovations over the past 21 years, and we are delighted to be joining the ATP World Tour 500 category. We have played a decisive role in raising the importance and stature of lawn tennis on the international tennis calendar, and we look forward to many successful years ahead.”
Philip Brook, Chairman of The All England Lawn Tennis Club, said: “When we announced the creation of a three-week gap between Roland Garros and Wimbledon from 2015, our aim was to establish a longer and more significant grass court season as part of the international tennis calendar. Many people have since worked very hard to bring this about and I am delighted to welcome today’s announcement of the increases in prize money and the elevation in status of the Aegon Championships and Gerry Weber Open. Both events have been key pillars in promoting grass court tennis for many years and I wish to thank the ATP, LTA and Halle for their contribution and enthusiasm in helping to turn an exciting vision into an exciting reality.”
The player commitment for ATP World Tour 500 tournaments throughout the five-year period remains at 4 tournaments, including one after the US Open.
The ATP will announce the full 2015 ATP World Tour calendar in due course.
November 6, 2013
LONDON — Rafael Nadal has clinched the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking for a third time after recording his second match win in Group B against Stanislas Wawrinka at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Wednesday afternoon.
LogoThe 27-year-old Spaniard previously finished at the top in 2008 and 2010, and becomes the first player to hold, lose and regain the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking on two occasions. Roger Federer and Ivan Lendl each accomplished the feat once. Nadal will be presented with the ATP World Tour No. 1 trophy this week at The O2.
This is the 10th straight season that the year-end World No. 1 ranking has been held by Nadal (2008, ’10, ‘13), Federer (2004-07, ’09) or Novak Djokovic (2011-12).
Nadal returned to World No. 1 on 7 October for the first time in more than two years after reaching his 13th final of a phenomenal season at the China Open in Beijing. He made his comeback in February with a No. 5 ranking following a seven-month injury layoff and won 10 titles, including Roland Garros, US Open and five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 triumphs. He also went undefeated on hard courts (26-0) through the China Open final, when he finished runner-up to Djokovic.
Nadal first attained the No. 1 ranking on 18 August 2008 for a period of 46 weeks, becoming the first Spaniard to finish a season at the summit of men’s professional tennis. He regained the top spot from Federer on 7 June 2010, for another 56-week stretch, before relinquishing No. 1 to Djokovic following the 2011 Wimbledon final. Nadal competes in London at No. 1 for the 107th week in his career.
The Mallorcan is looking to win his first Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title this week at The O2 in London. He achieved his best finish in 2010, when he came in No. 1 and lost to Federer in the final. Nadal is making his sixth appearance at the season finale; he has qualified nine times.
ATP WORLD TOUR YEAR-END NO. 1
2013 Rafael Nadal (Spain)
2012 Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2011 Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2010 Rafael Nadal (Spain)
2009 Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2008 Rafael Nadal (Spain)
2007 Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2006 Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2005 Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2004 Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2003 Andy Roddick (U.S.)
2002 Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)
2001 Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)
2000 Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil)
1999 Andre Agassi (U.S.)
1998 Pete Sampras (U.S.)
1997 Pete Sampras (U.S.)
1996 Pete Sampras (U.S.)
1995 Pete Sampras (U.S.)
1994 Pete Sampras (U.S.)
1993 Pete Sampras (U.S.)
1992 Jim Courier (U.S.)
1991 Stefan Edberg (Sweden)
1990 Stefan Edberg (Sweden)
1989 Ivan Lendl (Czech Republic)
1988 Mats Wilander (Sweden)
1987 Ivan Lendl (Czech Republic)
1986 Ivan Lendl (Czech Republic)
1985 Ivan Lendl (Czech Republic)
1984 John McEnroe (U.S.)
1983 John McEnroe (U.S.)
1982 John McEnroe (U.S.)
1981 John McEnroe (U.S.)
1980 Bjorn Borg (Sweden)
1979 Bjorn Borg (Sweden)
1978 Jimmy Connors (U.S.)
1977 Jimmy Connors (U.S.)
1976 Jimmy Connors (U.S.)
1975 Jimmy Connors (U.S.)
1974 Jimmy Connors (U.S.)
1973 Ilie Nastase (Romania)
November 3, 2013
BNP PARIBAS MASTERS, Paris, France
World No. 2 Novak Djokovic picked up his third Masters 1000 title of the year on Sunday at the Paris Masters 1000, defeating defending champion David Ferrer 7-5, 7-5. Trailing 5-3 in both sets, Djokovic reeled off four straight games twice to seal his victory. Winning his 17th match in a row, Djokovic improved to 11-5 against Ferrer in lifetime meetings. Ferrer, who was attempting to claim his second career Masters title, lost his third final in as many weeks. Both Djokovic and Ferrer will be in action at the ATP World Tour Finals on Tuesday against Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, respectively.
November 2, 2013
BNP PARIBAS MASTERS, Paris, France
(2) Novak Djokovic defeats (5) Roger Federer 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; (3) David Ferrer defeats (1) Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-5.