FILE - This Sunday Nov. 22, 2009 file photo shows a view of the stadium as Britain's Andy Murray plays his tennis match against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro during the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London. The ATP Finals is moving to the Italian city of Turin in 2021, the ATP is expected to announce the move Wednesday April 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

ATP Finals moving to Turin from 2021-25; succeeds London

April 24, 2019 - 5:21 am

ROME (AP) — The ATP Finals is moving to the Italian city of Turin in 2021.

Turin will host the tennis event for five years through 2025, succeeding current host London.

The tournament will be played inside the PalaAlpitour, a 15,000-seat multi-purpose arena built to host hockey games during the 2006 Turin Olympics.

Five cities bid for the event, including: London; Manchester, England; Singapore; Tokyo; and Turin.

"Our congratulations to Turin on putting together such a comprehensive and impressive bid," ATP president Chris Kermode said Wednesday. "Italy provides us with one of the strongest and most established tennis markets in Europe and has a proven track record for hosting world class tennis events."

Held each November, the ATP Finals is the season-ending event for the top eight men's singles players and doubles teams.

"The ATP Finals is the biggest and most prestigious event that we have at the ATP. It's a tournament that has historically moved around and so I'm very excited to see it move to Turin from 2021," said top-ranked Novak Djokovic, a five-time winner of the event.

Italy also recently began hosting the Next Gen Finals, a year-end event for the best under-21 players. That tournament is in Milan.

The Next Gen Finals and the ATP Finals are held on back-to-back weeks, which will create a Milan-Turin focal point for the sport.

"We look forward to bringing the ATP's flagship season-ending event to tennis' growing fan base in Italy for the first time," Kermode said.

The tournament will boast a record prize purse of $14.5 million in 2021, the ATP said.

The Turin selection comes only days after Italian player Fabio Fognini won the Monte Carlo Masters and 2½ weeks before the Italian Open in Rome — a big boost for tennis in the country.

The Italian government pledged 78 million euros ($90 million) in funding for the ATP Finals — the latest in a series of big sports events it is backing.

Italy is also the front-runner in the race to host the 2026 Winter Olympics with a bid from Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo; and the country has already been assigned the 2022 Ryder Cup golf competition to be held at the Marco Simone club just outside Rome.

Turin will become the 15th different host city of the ATP Finals since the tournament's inception in 1970. New York (13 editions from 1977-89) and London (12 editions from 2009-20) are the cities that have hosted the tournament the most.

Roger Federer holds the record with six titles at the ATP Finals.

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