Mallorca to host ATP grass court tournament from next year on.
There will be some radical changes to the three weeks grass court season between the Grand Slam tournaments in Paris and Wimbledon! After hosting a WTA tournament for four years, the facility in Santa Ponca will become the site of a men’s tournament from 2020 on, offering important points for the ATP rankings and 963.650 Euro in prize money. The decision for Mallorca to host an ATP 250 tournament was made possible following an ATP bid application for a tournament to replace the grass-court event previously held in Antalya, Turkey. There was already a men’s tournament on Mallorca between 1998 and 2002, but back then it was played on clay.
The women’s tournament will be transferred to Birmingham which, in return, transferred its WTA Premier Event license to Berlin, where the Grass Court Championships Berlin will be held from 13-21 June 2020. The women’s tournament in Berlin and the men’s tournament in Mallorca will be organised by “e|motion sports”, which has already been organising the ATP tour tournament MercedesCup at Stuttgart’s Weissenhof. Thus, the company is now responsible for three major international grass court events in Stuttgart, Berlin and Mallorca, while also organising the ATP 500 tournament in Vienna.
“By organising three tournament in as many weeks we are facing a big challenge which we gladly accept. We will continually develop the tournament in Mallorca in the coming years and Santa Ponca is the perfect setting for that. I want to thank Wimbledon for their great support of our tennis commitment in Mallorca and also thank Toni Nadal, who has done great work as tournament director for the women’s tournament. A position he will also assume for the men’s tournament”, emphasises e|motion CEO Edwin Weindorfer.
“I am very proud, that there will be an ATP tournament in Mallorca after so many years again. We expect to offer the fans a strong line-up in the final week before Wimbledon. After four successful women’s tournaments we are now starting a new, exciting tennis era in Mallorca with this men’s event”, says Toni Nadal, appointed Tournament Director.
Chris Kermode, ATP President and CEO, commented: “Spain remains a key market for the ATP Tour and we are delighted to see the return of an ATP 250 tournament to Mallorca. The Spanish island has contributed so highly to the history of tennis, notably producing two ATP World No. 1 players, Carlos Moya and Rafael Nadal. Bringing a grass court tournament to Spain is an exciting development in the ATP Tour calendar, and we’d like to thank the AELTC (All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club) for their continued investment in the grass court season. The ATP has a long-standing relationship with e|motion, as ATP event owners in Vienna and event Promoters in Stuttgart, and we are pleased to expand our association with them and the AELTC through this new venture in Mallorca. We have no doubt the event will be a success from the outset.”
Philip Brook CBE, AELTC Chairman, commented: “The AELTC is pleased to continue the work it began several years ago with e|motion sports in Mallorca as they take on the new ATP 250-level tournament sanction. A strong and successful grass court season is absolutely critical to the future of grass court tennis and thus the future success of The Championships. Having worked to expand the grass court season to create a meaningful gap between Roland-Garros and Wimbledon, we are pleased to be making significant further investments into ensuring that quality grass court tournaments can be provided at all levels of the game with the best interests of the players and the broader tennis family in mind.”