ATP Updates Provisional Calendar, With Indoor Events And Tour Finals
The Rome Masters will also move one week earlier, in the place of the canceled Masters event in Madrid, with Hamburg now immediately preceding Roland Garros.
In a press release issued on Friday, the ATP has revised its atp 1000 tournaments provisional calendar, adding tournaments after Roland Garros, including the Nitto ATP Finals, as well as moving the Rome Masters a week earlier, in place of the previously canceled Madrid Masters.
“Tennis is starting to find its way back and, while we must first and foremost look after the health and safety of everyone involved, we are hopeful we will be able to retain these playing opportunities and produce a strong finish to the season,” said Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman. “I would like to commend the tournaments for their continued commitment, flexibility and resourcefulness in finding solutions to operate under these challenging circumstances.”
The calendar is now:
The season-ending ATP Finals will be held without fans; per Simon Cambers, some spectators may be allowed, but it entirely depends on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Per the ATP:
“Under the updated schedule the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Rome, the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, will now be scheduled one week earlier, in the week previously assigned to the recently cancelled Mutua Madrid Open, and will have a Monday final. The Rome event will be followed by the ATP 500 Hamburg European Open in the week prior to Roland Garros.”
In addition, the tour’s traditional European indoor swing will take place, though it will not include Basel. Because of that, St. Petersburg will temporarily become an ATP 500-level tournament.
“The updated schedule includes the final section of the calendar comprising the European indoor s”wing, including events in St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg Open), Antwerp (European Open), Moscow (VTB Kremlin Cup), Vienna (Erste Bank Open), Paris (Rolex Paris Masters), Sofia (Sofia Open) ahead of the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London. Among the changes, the St. Petersburg Open will be elevated to ATP 500 status for its 2020 edition.”
Milan’s Next Gen ATP Finals however, will not be staged in 2020. Jannik Sinner defeated Alex de Minaur for the title last November.
We will continue to update this developing story.
ATP Changes Include Expanded Tournaments, Profit Sharing
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ATP Approves Changes Including Profit-sharing, Tournament Expansion
The ATP will aggregate tournament rights into ATP Media, the tour’s sales, production and distribution armGetty Images
The ATP has “approved a large package of changes” that include “profit-sharing between tournaments and players and making five more of the tour’s top-line Masters 1000 events bigger and longer,” according to Christopher Clarey of the N.Y. TIMES. It has “taken nearly two and a half years” to get the package approved because of the “challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic as well as the myriad tensions and fiefs within the sport.” The ATP will “aggregate tournament rights into ATP Media, the tour’s sales, production and distribution arm.” For the first time, the Masters 1000 tournaments will “share a percentage of revenue from ATP Media with the lower-category tournaments known as ATP 500s and ATP 250s.” The Masters 1000 tournaments also for the first time will “allow fully independent auditing and grant the players a share of profits on top of the base prize money.” ATP Chair Andrea Gaudenzi said that the profit-sharing deal, like the ATP plan as a whole, would “run for 30 years” from ’23 to ’53 and called for “guaranteed prize money increases of 2.5 percent each year at the Masters 1000 events.” If the tournaments lose money, the base prize money would “remain the same.” In exchange, the Masters 1000s are “expanding.” Beginning next year, the tournaments in Madrid, Rome and Shanghai will “expand to 11 or 12 days,” and the Canadian Open and Western & Southern Open are “set to expand” in ’25 (N.Y. TIMES, 6/10).