ATP World Tour Finals to remain in London until 2018
The season-ending ATP World Tour Finals will take place at London's O2 Arena until at least 2018
The ATP World Tour Finals will take place at London’s O2 Arena until at least 2018, it was confirmed on Thursday.
The season-ending tournament has been staged in the capital since 2009, and has welcomed more than 1.5 million fans to The O2 over the past six years.
In 2014, the tournament set an all-time attendance record of 263,560, the most in the 45-year history of the tournament.
There is currently no better place to stage our season-ending event
ATP executive chairman and president Chris Kermode confirmed the news on Thursday at the launch of this year’s tournament.
“We are delighted to have reached an agreement which will see the tournament celebrate its 10th successive year in London in 2018,” said Kermode.
“The tournament has been a spectacular success since moving to The O2 in 2009, generating record crowds, incredible atmospheres, and a soaring worldwide TV audience which broke the 100 million mark for the first time last year.
“The O2 has enabled us to present the sport in a new and vibrant way, in a media-friendly time zone, and in one of the world’s greatest cities.
“For us, there is currently no better place to stage our season-ending event.”
Mayor of London Boris Johnson welcomed news of the event staying in the capital for a further three years.
“I am a huge tennis fan and as Mayor am immensely proud to see the phenomenal success of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals here in London, underlining our city’s status as the home of sport,” said Johnson.
“What’s not to love about having the best men’s tennis players in full flight at one of the world’s greatest venues? It’s an event that attracts hundreds of thousands of fans each year and I am thrilled that the capital is to continue hosting what has become one of the highlights of the sporting calendar.”
Barclays’ title sponsorship of the season-ending event will run through 2016.
The tournament has been contested in major cities around the world with a rich history dating back to the birth of The Masters in 1970 in Tokyo.
Since 2000, the event has taken place in cities such as Lisbon, Sydney and Shanghai, before moving to London in 2009.