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ATP Celebrates 25 Years Of Partnership In Monte-Carlo

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Dominguez, Franulovic, Federer© Getty ImagesPatrice Dominguez, Zeljko Franulovic and Roger Federer help celebrate 25 years of the ATP World Tour.

The tennis family came together on Tuesday night in Monte-Carlo to celebrate 25 years of the ATP World Tour.

Players and tournaments began their equal partnership in 1990, a journey that started with the now-famous US Open parking lot press conference.

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“I think it’s in a phenomenal place,” said ATP Executive Chairman & President Chris Kermode, who welcomed tournament directors, current and former pros, and ATP staff to the cocktail reception hosted at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel.

“Our structure allows both sides to have a voice - the promoters and the players. I think if it’s done well and there’s proper dialogue, there’s constant engagement. We’ve come a long way very successfully with that structure.”

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ATP board members Justin Gimelstob and Mark Webster, respectively representing players and tournaments, also spoke to the assembled guests. Gimelstob later returned to the stage for a Q&A session with Roger Federer, Brian Gottfried, Patrice Dominguez and Zeljko Franulovic, a former pro and current tournament director of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

“You can be very thankful to the ATP, to all the players involved who have made this tour and this sport so great,” said Federer. “It’s been a lovely ride for the ATP and I think it’s really nice looking back and celebrating those moments.”

The ATP is ‘Celebrating 25 Years of Partnership’ at tournaments throughout the 2014 season as part of its broader ATP Heritage Programme.

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