London’s O2 Arena could lose the popular ATP tennis finals after 2020 as bids have been opened for other venues across the world to host the event.
The season-end championships for the top eight players and doubles team in the men’s game has been staged at the arena since 2009 and is contracted until 2020.
The ATP has not ruled out that it could remain in its current location past the current deal.
Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President, said in a statement to Reuters:
“Our season-ending tournament has been a remarkable success story since it moved to London in 2009, and we look forward to continuing the tournament’s growth over the next three years at The O2 through to 2020,”
“The tournament’s popularity and stature have reached unprecedented heights in London, which has attracted significant interest from potential future host cities over the years.
“We feel the time is right to undertake this international tender process as we look to secure the event’s future beyond 2020.”
Reuters adds that the bid process opens immediately and will be handled by The Sport Business Group at Deloitte with a final decision on where the tournament will be staged from 2021 will be made next March.