The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) announced that Zhuhai will serve as the host city for the ATP World Tour 250 Zhuhai Championships, from 2019 onwards.
The Zhuhai Championships, an ATP 250 level event, offering USD 1,000,000 in prize money, will be staged at the custom designed, state-of-the-art Hengqin Tennis Center in Zhuhai, and will be played the week of September 23rd to 29th in 2019, the week before the China Open in Beijing. It will be the first event on the post US Open “ATP Asian Swing”.
The City of Zhuhai is located on the southern coast of China, at the heart of economical dynamic Greater Bay Area, close to Hong Kong and Macau, and since 2015 has been selected “China’s most livable city” by the Chinese Academy of Social Services. In October 2018, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge was officially opened making the City of Zhuhai directly and easily accessible by road from Hong Kong.
Alison Lee, ATP International Executive Vice President said, “On behalf of ATP, we welcome the City of Zhuhai to the ATP World Tour in 2019. I am sure the players will enjoy their time in the city and playing at the magnificent Zhuhai Hengqin Tennis Center. We look forward to seeing you there in September.”
Leon Sun, Tournament Director said, “We are excited to move the tournament to Zhuhai. With the opening of new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, it is easier for players traveling from Hong Kongto Zhuhai. As the only ATP world tournament in southern China, we warmly welcome all the fans including from Hong Kong and Macau to enjoy great tennis in the new and modern venue. See you in September in Hengqin Tennis Center Zhuhai.”
Peter LV, Executive Director of Huafa Sports, the Tournament Promoter and Operator said, As the promoter of the upcoming Zhuhai Championships, Huafa Sports is excited, experienced and confident to present a world first class ATP Tour event, providing high quality services to players, officials, sponsors, and tennis fans locally and afar. A grand and colorful tennis carnival will be staged in Zhuhai this September. Be our guest and be at home in Zhuhai.
Since 2015, Zhuhai, the beautiful costal city in South China, has started its endeavor in promoting tennis both at professional and amateur level. It has hosted the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai successfully for 4 years, and has garnered a stellar reputation in event operation and management, with the strong support from the local government and local tournament promoter Huafa Group. The Zhuhai Championships will become a new boost for the local tennis development and undoubtedly a highlight in the ATP tour calendar.
SOURCE: Huafa Sports