Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Indianapolis likely losing ATP event

Indianapolis likely losing ATP event

A few days ago we gave a bad news for tennis Fans in Austria after it was announced that The Austrian Open in Kitzbuehel has been dropped from the ATP World Tour calendar ... now the bad news if for tenis fans in Indianapolis...

Organizers of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships will try to sell the sanctioning rights for the ATP event.

Kevin Martin, Tournament director, said that the event's nonprofit group faced serious economic challenges and had explored all options to stay in Indianapolis but they didn't find any solution and added that a sale was expected by the end of December.

The Indianapolis Tennis Championships attendance reached nearly 100,000 fans when it drew stars such as John McEnroe and Pete Sampras but RCA ended its sponsorship deal after the 2006 event and attendance dropped to about 41,000 this year as fewer big names played.