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Nikolay Davydenko© Getty ImagesNikolay Davydenko is presented with the 2009 Shanghai trophy by IOC President Jacques Rooge.

- RMB30 ($US4.40) Ground Pass to watch all matches outside Centre Court
- More than 3000 ticket purchasers will win tickets of Shanghai Expo 2010
-  Improved facilities will guarantee a greater experience for fans
- Easier access to purchase tickets either online or by phone
- All-Star Ticket to watch all the top 8 seeds within two days

The Shanghai Rolex Masters, Asia’s only ATP Masters 1000 tournament and the 2009 ATP Masters 1000 Tournament of the Year, is gearing up for another enormously successful event with today’s ticket launch in Shanghai.

A creative ticket portfolio and innovative ideas were announced to help generate an amazing atmosphere at Qi Zhong Stadium for the world’s greatest tennis players including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, defending champion Nikolay Davydenko, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick and so many more.

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Brad Drewett, CEO of ATP International Group, made a special visit to Shanghai for the launch of the ticket campaign.

“As we know, the players voted Shanghai as their favourite ATP Masters 1000 tournament worldwide – a major achievement at any time, but in particular the inaugural year. And now for 2010, there will be even more for the players, fans, sponsors and partners to be excited about, including the new 3-level permanent hospitality building at the Qi Zhong Tennis Centre, and also a revised ticketing strategy,” Drewett said.

The tournament, to be staged from October 9 to 17, is just before the end of the highly successful Shanghai Expo which concludes on October 31. As a result tournament organisers have secured more than 3000 highly sought after Shanghai Expo tickets that can be won by fans that purchase Series A tickets or two A tickets to the semifinals and final of 2010 Shanghai Rolex Masters.

Meanwhile, all visitors to the Shanghai Expo will enjoy the opportunity of purchasing Ground Passes to the Shanghai Rolex Masters onsite at half price by simply showing their pass to the Expo. Ground Passes allow fans the chance to get up close and personal with the players and to watch plenty of great matches including those on the Grand Stand Court for only RMB15 or about $US2.

The Centre Court will stage four singles matches and one doubles each day, so in fact two thirds of the total 99 matches played during the tournament will be held on outside courts, including the Grand Stand Court.

To ensure a higher standard of service and a greater fan experience, facilities will also be upgraded in the magnolia-roofed Qizhong Tennis Stadium which includes a new Retail Pavilion and a new Hospitality Pavilion.

All-Star Tickets, which are for Tuesday (October 12) and Wednesday (October 13), are designed for fans who are more fascinated with big names. All the top 8 players will make their first appearance during these two days.

Buy Tickets online or phone the booking hotline at 8621-962123. Fans from out of town can even log on masters.taobao.com, to try a new experience of buying tickets.

Tickets can be booked from May 27, 2010 while the official delivery of tickets will start from June 7, 2010.

“All the creative ticket portfolio and initiatives are just part of our plan to provide fans with an even greater experience in 2010,” said Mr. Leon Sun Lei and Mr. Michael Luevano, Tournament Directors of Shanghai Rolex Masters. “Our commitment is nothing less than Simply The Best!”

In addition, the Champions Avenue which connects the Centre Court with the Grand Stand Court will become a focal point of the whole tennis complex as the distinctive terracotta statues of champions from the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai and the Shanghai Rolex Masters are positioned on both sides of the avenue. So far the champions include Lleyton Hewitt (2002), David Nalbandian (2005), Roger Federer (2006, 2007), Novak Djokovic (2008) and Nikolay Davydenko (2009).

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