Bucharest Relocates To Budapest From 2017
Hungary to host first ATP World Tour event
The ATP World Tour 250 event in Bucharest, Romania, will relocate to Budapest, Hungary, from 2017, following approval of the tournament request by the ATP Board of Directors at its meetings in Wimbledon.
The tournament, to be operated by the Hungarian Tennis Association, will take place on clay from April 24-30, 2017, in the same week as the Barcelona Open BancSabadell in Spain. The move marks the first time that Hungary will host an ATP World Tour tournament.
“We are very happy to have the opportunity of hosting a great event and are keen to meet the expectations that are there,” said Mr. Lajos Szűcs, President of the Hungarian Tennis Association.
“Hungary has never before staged an ATP World Tour event and this has been the major goal for years now. Being able to host an ATP World Tour event from next year is a great responsibility, but as well a great opportunity. We are very much looking forward to welcoming players and spectators in April 2017,” said Attila Richter, General Secretary of the Hungarian Tennis Association.
“We look forward to a successful collaboration with the Hungarian Tennis Association as we bring the ATP World Tour to Hungary for the first time, giving a new set of fans the chance to experience some of the world’s best players in action,” said Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President.
The tournament had taken place in Bucharest since 1993. Its past champions include the likes of Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, David Ferrer, Gilles Simon, Grigor Dimitrov and Fernando Verdasco.