The ATP announced on Tuesday that Istanbul will host Turkey’s first-ever ATP World Tour 250 tournament beginning in 2015 from 27 April to 3 May.
The Garanti Koza Istanbul Open will be played on clay at the Koza World of Sports facility, giving citizens of the Turkish capital plenty of reasons to be excited about the upcoming debut tournament next year.
Featuring a retractable roof, the centre court at the stunning venue holds 7,500 spectators, which is roughly the same capacity as iconic tennis stadia including Queen’s Club and Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
The venue, part of a state-of-the-art tennis academy which is supposedly the largest in the world, has two other show courts in addition to the main arena, boosting available seating to 9,500.
With 15 outdoor clay courts, 20 outdoor hard courts and 28 indoor hard courts, the well-equipped sporting complex features all the tennis essentials plus basketball, volleyball, handball, football and swimming facilities. The clubhouse even has a fitness centre, spa swimming pool and restaurant for good measure.
With such an incredible array of facilities and services and a five-star hotel in close proximity, the glitzy event certainly has potential to attract some of the world’s best players and upcoming talent in future seasons.
The tournament will run coincidentally with two other ATP World Tour 250 competitions during the lead up to Roland Garros in 2015; the Portugal Open in Oeiras and the Munich-based BMW Open.
Week 17 of next season’s calendar was previously occupied by the Serbia Open in Belgrade, which was held for the last time in 2012 before the ATP chose to scrap the competition.
However, the ATP elected to commence an application process to lease a third World Tour 250 tournament during the vacant period of the campaign to a clay-court venue in the European region.
After nominating Istanbul to host the relocated event, ATP Executive Chairman and President Chris Kermode believes that the Garanti Koza Istanbul Open will be an attractive tournament among the ever-expanding list of world-wide tour locations.
“This incredible new facility in Istanbul will make a wonderful addition to the many remarkable venues that feature on the ATP World Tour throughout the season,” he said.
Its inclusion means that the ATP World Tour will be scheduled to play across 62 tournaments in 32 countries in 2015.
The BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup WTA event was also held in the Turkish capital from 2005 to 2010 and has returned to the tour on 14 July this year following a three-year absence.
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