Two more years in London.
As expected the ATP World Tour Finals will have a new home as of 2021. A number of cities had bid for the finals and it has been announced today that the finals will be held in Turin, Italy.
Alpitour Stadium where the finals will move to has a capacity of 18,500 where as the O2 Arena in London where the tournament is currently held has a higher capacity of 20,000.
Out-going ATP Chief Chris Kermode has said;
“We believe that Turin has all the ingredients to take the event to new heights,”
Novak Djokovic has said;
“It’s a tournament that has historically moved around and so I’m very excited to see it move to Turin from 2021.”
Italy also plays host to the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan however that contract runs out in 2021 and it is expected for the tournament to move on to not have both tour finals in the same country.
A lot of talk about this move to Turin has surrounded $$$
WTA Finals moved from Singapore to Shenzhen. The prize pot in Shenzhen this year is $14 million.
The prize pot for ATP Finals in London this year is $9 million.
With the move to Turin they have stomped it up to $14.5 million.
There hasn’t been much noise but the noise is that this prize money hike stomped up by Turin is a major reason in the new location as well as the fact they now have more money than the women do despite tours and tournaments being independently ran.