LONDON (Reuters) – Roger Federer would love the ATP Finals to stay in London past 2020 until there’s a compelling case to transport the match.
FILE PHOTO: Tennis – ATP 1000 – Paris Masters – AccorHotels Enviornment, Paris, France – November 1, 2018 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after profitable his 3rd around fit in opposition to Italy’s Fabio Fognini REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/Record Photograph
The Swiss has gained two of his report six titles on the tournament at London’s O2 Enviornment the place the ATP’s prestigious season-ender has been taking part in to packed crowds since 2009.
Regardless of the recognition of the London venue with lovers and gamers alike, the ATP introduced in August that it used to be inviting bids from different host towns for 2021 onwards.
“I feel in the event that they keep (in London) it’s indubitably a good selection,” the 37-year-old 20-times Grand Slam champion advised a brand new convention on Friday as he ready for his 16th look.
“I don’t know what the choices are. But when the O2’s glad and the crowds stay flocking and coming to this venue and the Excursion has a excellent deal, clearly why no longer keep right here?
“I don’t see a explanation why to modify, until there may be any person else, a town that truly needs it badly and is keen to come back in and truly make stronger the Excursion in a big approach for a few years, like what we noticed with Shanghai and in addition perhaps with London to start with. It’s been a profitable method right here.”
The ATP Finals, because it is referred to now, started in Tokyo in 1970 and spent six years at the street ahead of a 13-year stint in New York and a six-year keep in Frankfurt ahead of spells in Hanover, Lisbon, Sydney, Houston and Shanghai.
It has since put down roots in London the place a cumulative 2.three million lovers have flocked to the venue for the week-long tournament.
Novak Djokovic, who returns to the O2 as international primary, gained the name in London from 2012-15, and whilst the venue has served him neatly, he believes a transfer clear of London in 2021 will have to now be regarded as through the lads’s Excursion.
“I don’t need it to transport from London, however I simply really feel the concept that of this tournament is that it’s one who travels,” the Serb advised newshounds. “It’s the largest tournament the ATP owns, the 8 very best gamers in a novel round-robin machine.
“I feel this can be a nice alternative to advertise tennis all over the international. I simply really feel 10 years in a single position is just a little an excessive amount of. It’s no longer the rest to do with London or the development.
“I’ve had out of the ordinary good fortune right here and I must be the final one to discuss shifting it.”
Reporting through Martyn Herman, modifying through Ed Osmond