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19.02.2002

St. Petersburg invites Masters Cup 2003

St. Petersburg can be the host city for the Tennis Masters Cup 2003. Rich tennis history, up-to-date sport arenas, all the required facilities and great experience in staging the tennis events (for the past three years St. Petersburg Open has received two ATP awards) allow St. Petersburg to host the events of the highest level.

In the middle of December 2001 St. Petersburg applied for hosting Tennis Masters Cup-2003, Year-End Championship. It was initiated by St. Petersburg Open tennis tournament.

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 ATP representatives – Mr. Larry Scott, COO, ATP, President of the ATP Properties and Mrs. Annabel Jefferson, Marketing Manager, ATP Properties – visited St. Petersburg to examine the existing facilities and the venue. Judging by the ATP representatives' evaluation, the New Arena is acceptable for staging the Masters Cup and meets all the ATP requirements. In general the ATP representatives seemed to be quite satisfied with their visit to our city and scheduled their next visit for March 2002, before the final decision is made and the Host City-2003 is announced.

At the moment St. Petersburg is on the shortlist of the candidate cities and has only one strong competitor – Los Angeles, USA, which also bids for the opportunity to host the Tennis Masters Cup – 2003.

The only question which has not still found its answer is whether the Russian and St. Petersburg Government will confirm the financial backing for this prestigious Event.

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