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Masters Cup - year-end Event
The Tennis Masters Cup is together with the four Grand
Slams (Wimbledon, US Open, French Open and Australian Open) one of the five premier events
on the world tennis calendar. This unique event brings together an elite field, which
includes only the world's top eight players.
The first Championship of this kind took place in Tokio in December,
1970. Six leading players took part in the Championship that year. The next year already
seven players competed (the prize money counted 15 000 US Dollars) in Paris.The third
tournament of this kind took place in Barcelona, Spain in 1972. That was the World
Championship that took place accoring the scheme, existing nowadays.
Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras won the
World Championship five times each: Ivan Lendl in 1981, 1982, 1985,
1986, 1987; Pete Sampras in 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999. Gustavo
Kuerten won Tennis Masters Cup in 2000 and last year the best
player was Lleyton Hewitt.
The results of Year-end World Championship give the answer to the most
intriguing question of the year: who is the World No.1 player? Marat Safin
lost the final match to Gustavo Kuerten in 2000; and in 2001 Kuerten
himself lost to Lleyton Hewitt, also in the final match. Yevgeny
Kafelnikov didn't miss any Year-end World Championship since then and he was
the finalist in 1997. He also reached SF in 1999/2001. In 2000 Marat Safin
reached SF in Lisboa.
Tennis Masters Cup has been already hosted by Tokio,
Paris, Barcelona, Boston, Houston, Melbourn. Year-end World Championship took place in New
York from 1977 till 1989, in Frankfurt-am-Main from 1990 till 1995 and in Hannover
from 1990 till 1999. But it was decided by the ATP that Year-end World Championship
can't take place every year in one and the same country and city, because it decreases
the role of tennis popularisation in the world. Since 2002 Year-end World Championship
bears the name Masters Cup and it has already took place in Lisboa and Sydney. Now St.
Petersburg has applied for hosting this event in a cultural and sports center of Russia.
The idea to host Tennis Masters Cup in St. Petersburg belongs to St.
Petersburg Open. The idea to host Tennis Masters Cup 2003 is
closely connected to the celebration of St. Petersburg tricentinary, which guarantees the
appropriate attention of the world's press and the social attention. St. Petersburg tennis history, modern sports arenas, the infrostructure development level, the support from the government in addition to the experience in organizing tennis tournaments (St. Petersburg has already received two special awards from the ATP) let St. Petersburg host the sports events of any level.
The Prize Money for Tennis Masters Cup is $3,700,000. The winner, in
case of 5 wins in 5 matches, will have a chance to earn more than $1,5 million; the
finalist, winning 4 matches of 5 up to $900,000. Even an alternative receives $50,000
just for coming to the evnt.
It's essential to notice that this tournament had three names in a
history: "Masters" in 1970-1989, "ATP World Championship" in 1990-1999 and its
present name, which is "Masters Cup"
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