The All England Club, Wimbledon, has welcomed the extension of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena through to the year 2015.
The season-ending event, of which the AELTC is a partner, arrived on the bank of the Thames for a five-year period from 2009 to 2014, and has welcomed more than 750,000 tennis fans to its bright blue court, bringing tennis to life in the UK in a different setting from that seen during The Championships.
It is for such reasons that the ATP announced that the Finals' stay in London would be extended by two years to 2015, the ATP describing it as "the ultimate showcase of the best of men's tennis."
Commenting on the announcement, AELTC Chief Executive Richard Lewis said:
“We are delighted to be extending our partnership with the ATP World Tour Finals and it is great news for British tennis and sports fans that this brilliant event will continue to be played in London for a further three years.
"In addition to its exciting entertainment value, the event extends the UK tennis calendar beyond the traditional grass court season and offers fans of all ages a wonderful opportunity to see more top-class tennis played in this country.”
The AELTC's fellow event partner, the LTA, also welcomed the news.
“This is tremendous news for British tennis at the end of an unforgettable year for British sport," said Roger Draper, LTA Chief Executive. "The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is a world class sporting event, and it is helping us to inspire millions of people to watch and play our sport all year round.
“I’d like to thank Brad Drewett and his team at the ATP for extending their commitment to London as the host city. I am also grateful to the Government for their support in promoting the benefits of Great Britain as the best venue for such a prestigious tournament.”
"The excitement created by our season-ending tournament in London has been fantastic, with fans, players, media and commercial partners all supporting the event in an unprecedented manner," said ATP Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett.
"We also thank AEG, The All England Lawn Tennis Club, the LTA and all of our valued event partners for their support."
London is the 15th city to host the men's tour's season-ending championships, which began as The Masters in Tokyo in 1970.
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