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Turin to host ATP Finals from 2021: ATP season-ending championship moves from London to Turin after 2020

Hannah Wilks in ATP Tour 24 Apr 2019
  • Turin announced as new home of the Nitto ATP Finals
  • The season-ending championship moves to Turin, Italy from 2021-2025
  • 2020 tournament will be the last edition played at London's O2 Arena
Novak Djokovic with the ATP Finals trophy

Turin has been announced as the new home of the ATP Finals from 2021.

The ATP Finals' tenancy in London will come to an end, with Turin officially announced as the new host city for the season-ending championships from 2021.

The ATP Finals has been played at London's O2 Arena since 2009, with more than 250,000 fans attending every year to see the eight best singles players and eight best doubles teams in the world face off in round-robin matches over eight days.

But the 2020 edition of the tournament will be the last to be played in this familiar environment, with the tournament moving to Turin, Italy from 2021 and scheduled to stay there until at least 2025.

The Pala Alpitour Stadium, Italy's largest indoor sporting arena, will be the new venue for the ATP Finals. Originally built for the Winter Olympics in 2006 and formerly known as the Pala Olimpico, it has a seating capacity of 12,350 when configured for ice hockey, the sport it hosted during the Winter Olympics. It has also hosted basketball, mixed martial arts and music performances.

Only New York's Madison Square Garden, which hosted the tournament from 1977 to 1989, has had a longer tenure as the host for the ATP Finals and the perception is that Turin has been handed a tough act to follow.

The five-city shortlist, which was whittled down from a list of over 40 cities expressing interest in hosting the ATP Finals, was announced in December, with Tokyo understood to be one of the front-runners of a field which also included Turin, London, Singapore and Manchester.

It was widely reported last week that London was out of the running, with Turin emerging as a strong contender, before the ATP Tour made the official announcement on Wednesday morning.

Turin is the fifteenth city, and first in Italy, to host the ATP Finals. With Milan already hosting the Next Gen ATP Finals, the season-ending championship for players aged 21 and under, it makes Italy the destination for the last events of the tennis season; only the Davis Cup Finals, to be held in Madrid in 2019, comes later. Italy also hosts a Masters 1000 Series event, the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, in Rome in May.

Alexander Zverev was the ATP Finals champion in 2019
The bid was put together by the 
Italian Tennis Federation and Sport e Salute SpA in partnership with the Italian Government, the municipality of Turin and Regione Piemonte.

The ATP Finals will feature a record prize purse of US$14,500,000 in 2021. This represents a huge increase on the current purse of $9 million, and is reportedly a direct response to the announcement that the WTA Finals - the equivalent women's tournament - is to feature a $14 million prize purse in its new home in Shenzhen from 2019.

Novak Djokovic, five-time ATP Finals champion, current world no. 1 and president of the ATP Players' Council, said: 'The ATP Finals is the biggest and most prestigious event that we have at the ATP. 

'It’s a tournament that has historically moved around and so I’m very excited to see it move to Turin from 2021. It’s still a few years away but I know that the players will be very excited to compete there, and I also hope to be part of what will be a very special event.'

Djokovic has advocated in the past for exploring the possibility of moving the ATP Finals away from London.

One of the big questions surrounding the ATP Finals' new home in Turin is whether the crowds will come without a local player to cheer on. No Italian player has appeared at the ATP Finals since Adriano Panatta and Corrado Barrazzutti in the 1970s and, while Italy has two players in the top 20 of the ATP rankings at the moment, that is a far cry from being a reliable qualifier among the top eight over a decade or so, as Andy Murray was during much of the tournament's tenure at the O2. 

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