Manchester joins bidding for ATP Finals shortlist

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Manchester has joined current hosts London as a candidate in a five-city shortlist to stage the ATP Finals from 2021.

Singapore, Tokyo and Turin have also made the cut after more than 40 cities expressed an initial interest in hosting the season finale.

Manchesterย lost out to the Chinese city of Shenzhenย earlier this year in its attempt to host the WTA Finals – the women’s equivalent of the ATP Finals.

A decision on the ATP Finals host will be made by March 2019 at the earliest.

London has hosted the event since 2009 and has drawn a cumulative total of more than 2.5 million spectators to the O2 Arena since then.

London’s O2 Arena have agreed to remain the hosts until 2020, with that deal still open to be extended.

London has hosted the event since 2009, with the tournament enjoying an average of more than 250,000 fans attending every year but last month’s edition proved the least successful in terms of ticket sales.

Manchester’s unsuccessful plan to stage the WTA Finals was centred on the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena, the likely venue if it was successful with the ATP Finals bid.

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The O2 Arena in London

“The level of interest we have received worldwide throughout the bid application process reflects the rich heritage of this unique tournament, as well as the success of the event at The O2 since 2009,” ATP executive chairman and president Chris Kermode said.

“It has been a highly competitive process, and the candidate cities on the shortlist deserve huge credit for the passion and creative vision they have shown in their respective plans to continue the growth of our showpiece event.”

“With the final shortlist announced, we believe we will be well-placed to determine the next exciting chapter.”

The top players such as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are rather split on the decision on whether the tournament should remain at the O2 Arena. Federer expressed the current home as a “winning formula” while Djokovic wishes the event would travel more to attract more fans.

The regular season ends with the Paris Masters so another European candidate may be favoured but the tournament is currently sponsored by a Japanese brand so-calledย Nitto, adding more weight to Tokyo’s bid.

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