World No. 2 Roger Federer has confirmed that he will participate in the inaugural edition of the ATP 250 event in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Istanbul Open, which takes place on the grounds of one of the largest tennis academies in the world, has state of the art facilities, and an impressive Centre Court. 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, soccer and handball.
“I’m very excited to be coming to Istanbul for the first time in my life,” Federer said in a video message. “Turkey has been a country I have always wanted to visit and Istanbul is a very exciting city from what I’ve heard. I hope you can come and see me play there in April; I can’t wait.”
The event is set to begin on April 27, alongside other ATP World Tour events such as the Portugal Open in Oeiras and the BMW Open by FWU AG in Munich.
“We are delighted that the ATP World Tour will be taking place in Turkey for the first time from 2015,” Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President, said. “This incredible new facility in Istanbul will make a wonderful addition to the many remarkable venues that feature on the ATP World Tour throughout the season. As we add an important market such as Turkey to our global footprint, the ATP World Tour will be set to take place across 62 tournaments in 32 countries in 2015.”