The ATP has announced that they will be relocating the 250 level event from Bangkok, Thailand to Shenzhen, China. The tournament in Shenzhen will be played from September 22-28 at the Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center, a facility with more than 20 outdoor match courts. The changes take effect immediately and will mean that China will have four consecutive weeks of tennis during the 2014 Asian Swing.
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 organizers 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.”
“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.” Tournament Director, Allon Khakshouri, said, “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.”
China has had a long history with the sport. The Tennis Masters Cup was first held in Shanghai in 2002and since 2009 China has hosted both ATP 500 and Masters 1000 events in Beijing and Shanghai respectively.