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Sydney, Auckland Celebrated For 25 Years On Tour

Presentation© SMP ImagesAlison Lee presents the trophy to Craig Watson in Sydney.

The 2014 season marks a milestone year for the ATP World Tour. In 1988, ATP players, under ATP CEO Hamilton Jordan, held the now-famous “parking lot press conference” at the US Open to announce that they would assume greater control over the future of their sport. 

Tournament Directors representing many of the world’s leading events soon joined the players to form a partnership unique in professional sports – players and tournaments each with an equal say in how their tour is run. In 1990, the ATP Tour was launched.

Twenty-five years later, the ATP World Tour is a thriving global sports property played out across 61 tournaments in 30 countries, featuring some of the world’s most recognisable athletes, competing for more than $90 million in prize money. We congratulate both our players and tournament members on a 25-year partnership that continues to grow from strength to strength.

A number of award presentations and celebratory events will take place throughout the season for both tournaments and players, starting this week in Sydney and Auckland, with both events having played an integral part of the Tour since 1990. 

On Tuesday, Executive Vice President, International Group, Alison Lee, presented a commemorative trophy to Apia International Sydney Tournament Director Craig Watson.

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