The season-concluding World Tour finals is set to remain in London until 2020, the men’s governing organization ATP announced on Thursday.
ATP World Tour finals moved to London’s O2 Arena, formerly known as the Millennium Dome, in 2009 and has been largely successful for the past six years. The event, which features the world’s top eight singles and doubles players, has been attended by over two million fans in the time span.
This year’s tournament will feature brand new lead sponsors in the form of Japanese firm Nitto Denko Corporation who will replace Barclays. It will be now be known as the Nitto ATP Finals.
“We are delighted to extend our stay in London and to have Nitto come on board as title sponsors over the next four years.” said ATP chief Chris Kermode in a statement on Thursday.
London is one of the most popular choice amongst the players, especially since the Paris Masters event precedes the title-deciding London final. In 2016, Britain’s Andy Murray claimed the World Number One ranking by defeating Novak Djokovic, the former four time winner of the ATP competition, in the final in London.
Murray expressed his delight after the announcement of the news was made yesterday “The crowds throughout the week for both singles and doubles are second to none and that makes this one of the most special events for the players. It is an amazing atmosphere and a great tournament to cap off the year.”
When the finals will take place in London, they will become the longest-serving hosts since New York’s Madison Square Garden hosted the event for a twelve year stretch between 1977 and 1989. After that it was held in various locations such as Hanover, Lisbon, Houston and Shanghai.