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The event moves from Stuttgart to Spain.


The Tennis Masters Series announced at a press conference, chaired by Jose María Alvarez del Manzano y López del Hierro, Mayor of Madrid, and Ion Tiriac, President of Tiriac Holdings LTD, a five-year agreement with the city of Madrid to host one of the major events of men's tennis: the Tennis Masters Madrid. The tournament will be held at the show-ground of the Casa de Campo in Madrid, between 12th and 20th October of this year.

The decision to organise the tournament in the Spanish capital, after eleven years in Stuttgart, underlines Madrid's position as one of the top international sporting cities. Furthermore, the agreement between the tournament organisers and the Madrid City Council has provided the foundations necessary to bring one of the most important tournaments in men's tennis to the Spanish capital for the first time.

The Mayor of Madrid comments: "The city of Madrid is the perfect partner for such an exciting and important international sporting event".

Ion Tiriac, President of Tiriac Holdings LTD and Advisor to the Tennis Masters Madrid, said "the enthusiasm and commitment of the city of Madrid to stage this tournament made the decision to move here very easy"

Mark Miles, CEO of the ATP - the governing body of men' s tennis added: "Spain had more players in the top 100 than any other country last year, so the love of tennis here is clear to see. The involvement of the City and the support of the Madrid 2012 team underlines their commitment to hosting world-class events, and we are looking forward to an excellent event in October".

For the Olympic Office for the 2012 Candidature of Madrid, hosting an event of such international importance is an important step forward in the Olympic race - last year the Tennis Masters Series was broadcast in 60 countries to a total audience of 275 million.

The Tennis Masters Madrid will be played on an indoor court and will feature the world's best 48 players competing for prize money of 2.95 million US dollars (more than 3.4 million euros).

The Tennis Masters Series consists of nine tournaments - Indian Wells, Miami, Monte-Carlo, Roma, Hamburg, Canada (Toronto in 2002) Cincinnati, Madrid and Paris.

Madrid Tennis Masters Tournament
Dates: 12th - 20th October 2002
Competitors: 48 singles, 24 doubles teams
Prize: 2,950,000 USD
Surface: Indoor hard court
Capacity: 9,000 (centre court), 1,500 (grandstand)
Address: Casa de Campo show-ground, Madrid
 

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It's great too see (for the very first time) a BIG event here in my home town! :D
 
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