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Rio Launches New Combined Event

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Silva, Allaster, Young© IMXAndre Silva, Stacey Allaster and Mark Young helped launch the new tennis event in Rio de Janeiro.

ATP Americas CEO, Mark Young, ATP Chief Player Officer Andre Silva and WTA CEO Stacey Allaster helped officially launch the new Rio Open on Tuesday. 

The new event joins other global events in Rio de Janeiro, including the 2016 Olympics, the 2014 World Cup, Rock in Rio, New Year’s Eve in Copacabana and Carnival, strengthening the city as one of the major worldwide tourist destinations. It is the only tournament in South America to host an ATP World Tour 500 and WTA International combined event. It will be held from 15-23 February 2014 at the Brazilian Jockey Club, which includes a stadium with a seating capacity of 7,000.

"It is a great privilege for IMX to bring an event of this magnitude to Brazil. The Rio Open is here to stay and it will be the largest annual sporting event in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The date acquisition of Memphis in 2012 was thefirst step to enter the world of tennis and the next will be holding the event in 2014, with the presence of big names in the sport”, said Alan Adler, CEO of IMX.

"We are very pleased that the calendar in 2014 includes a new ATP World Tour 500 in Rio de Janeiro, a renowned destination and that will be the focus of the sporting world in the coming years with a series of major events. I'm sure that Rio will be an extremely popular destination among our players, who are eager to bring the best to the passionate Brazilian fans of tennis. We wish all the best for the organization, with IMX ahead of this first edition of the tournament in 2014”, says ATP Executive Chairman & President Brad Drewett.

Tickets are scheduled to go on sale later this year.

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