Quito To Host 250 Event From 2015
by ATP Staff|
The ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament formerly held in Vina del Mar, Chile, will relocate to Quito, Ecuador, in 2015. The tournament will be contested from 2-8 February, 2015. At its recent New York meetings, the ATP Board recently approved the move subject to a formal written agreement.
The Quito event will be operated by IMLA de Colombia, which also runs the Claro Open Colombia ATP World Tour 250 event in Bogota.
"It’s been a very exiting year for me and our company IMLA to have the opportunity to be part of the new ATP tournament in Quito, Ecuador," said Manuel Mate, president of IMLA de Colombia. "Being from Colombia, Ecuador is our closest neighbor and one with great economic growth, incredible tourist development and an enormous tennis fan base.
"We know this partnership of two countries with two ATP World Tour events and passionate tennis promoters as Fabricio Valdivieso will make tennis grow in our continent. Players and fans alike will love the ATP 250 in Ecuador. Don’t miss it in February 2015.”
CEO ATP Americas Mark Young said, “Welcome to the ATP World Tour to the country of Ecuador and the city of Quito. The ATP World Tour is an international tour, with 62 events in 32 countries in 2015.
“We believe it will be beneficial to the country of Ecuador and the city of Quito, to have a world-class sporting event like this. We hope the event is welcomed with enthusiasm by all the local fans.
"It takes a lot of effort to organise an event like this, so I want to thank several key people. First of all, thank you to the Ecuadorian government for their support and to the Minister of Tourism Sandra Naranjo, Secretary General Vinicio Alvarado, and the Mayor of Quito, Mauricio Rodas."