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The ATP announced today that its season-ending tournament will continue its extremely successful stay in London a further two years through to 2020, under a new title sponsorship with one of Japan’s leading innovation companies, the Nitto Denko Corporation. The tournament, first staged in London in 2009, will now be renamed the Nitto ATP Finals.
“We’re delighted to extend our stay in London and to have Nitto come on board as title sponsor over the next four years,” said Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President, who was joined for the announcement, held at The View from The Shard in London, by special guests including the likes of Boris Becker, a three-time former champion. “It’s fantastic news to have such an ambitious and innovative company partner with our season-ending showcase in what is unquestionably one of the most exciting times in men’s professional tennis in recent memory. We look forward to a successful partnership and to the continued growth of our season finale in London,” added Kermode.
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Nitto is Japan’s leading materials manufacturer offering over 13,500 diversified materials to more than 70 business fields such as electronics, automobiles, ecology and life science. In 2018, the company will celebrate its 100-year anniversary and the Nitto ATP Finals will form an integral part of their strategic initiatives for increased business and brand value to their next century.
Hideo Takasaki, Nitto President, CEO & COO, said: “We are very proud to become the title sponsor of the ATP Finals. Featuring the world’s top men’s professional tennis players, the ATP Finals fits very well with Nitto’s philosophy, where we challenge ourselves to gain top share by utilizing our unique technology both locally and on a global level. As title sponsor, we hope to accelerate our global brand promotion this year, and for our 100th anniversary in 2018, and beyond. By sponsoring the ATP Finals, we at Nitto also aim to further increase the popularity of tennis, and we look forward to the emergence of new star players competing in the event.”
Andy Murray, the reigning World No.1 who captured the season-ending title last year, said: “The crowds throughout the week for both the singles and doubles are second to none, and that makes this one of the most special events for the players. It’s an amazing atmosphere and a great tournament to cap off the year.”
Alex Hill, Chief Operating Officer of AEG Europe, said: “The ATP’s season finale has established itself as one of the most popular annual events on the UK sporting calendar. The O2 has successfully showcased the best that men’s tennis has to offer in a unique and special way, delighting some two million tennis fans since 2009. We’re obviously thrilled to continue our partnership with ATP through to 2020, remaining as the home of this great event.”
The Nitto ATP Finals welcomes more than 250,000 fans to The O2 arena each year, as well as generating a global TV viewership of more than 100 million, as the ATP’s best eight singles players and doubles teams compete over eight days for the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world. This year the tournament will be held from 12 to 19 November.
A slew of #NextGenATP players are one match away from making their main draw debut at Roland Garros after winning second-round qualifying matches on Wednesday, including Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Bublik, Reilly Opelka and Andrey Rublev.
Eighteen-year-old Tsitsipas enjoyed a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 win over local favourite Gleb Sakharov. The Greek player will next face Oscar Otte of Germany, who survived a match point at 5-6 in the deciding set to defeat 28th seed Laslo Djere of Serbia 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(2).
Rublev, the 18th seed, advanced past Mirza Basic of Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-4, 5-7, 6-2. Standing between the 19-year-old Russian and a place in the main draw is fourth seed Taro Daniel, who breezed through Matija Pecotic of Serbia 6-3, 6-2.
In another tight match on Wednesday, Bublik overcame Canadian Peter Polansky 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(3). The 19 year old from Kazakhstan also made it through qualifying this year at the Australian Open. He’ll now play Stefano Napolitano of Italy, who came through a marathon match against Marton Fucsovics 6-1, 6-7(3), 7-6(4).
The big-serving Opelka saved three match points at 5-6 in the second set en route to defeating Leonardo Mayer 5-7, 7-6(7), 6-3. Next up for the 19-year-old American is Nicolas Jarry of Chile, who defeated Dmitry Popko of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-3.
Other players to move into the final round of qualifying on Wednesday include top seed Marius Copil of Romania and former Top 15 player Paul-Henri Mathieu. The local favourite is seeded 16th this year.
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Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open – Geneva, Switzerland
Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka visited the Jet d’Eau, a large fountain that is one of the city’s most famous landmarks.
Paolo Lorenzi was the lucky star to assist with the tournament draw ceremony.
The majority of the singles and doubles players competing in the main draw attended the player party on the roof of the Hotel Metropole Geneva.
Open Parc Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon – Lyon, France
Milos Raonic met with local schoolchildren after his win on Thursday.
#NextGenATP Russian Karen Khachanov and Damir Dzumhur were among the players who signed autographs and visited sponsors at various meet and greets throughout the week.
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