The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (ATP Masters 1000), Erste Bank Open in Vienna (ATP 500) and Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha (ATP 250) have been named as Tournament of the Year in their respective categories in the 2021 ATP Awards. The tournament awards, voted by ATP players, recognise the leading standards set across events on the ATP Tour.
The BNP Paribas Open wins in the ATP Masters 1000 category for a record-extending seventh time. Held amidst the natural beauty and backdrop of the desert landscape, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden offers top-notch player facilities and amenities; plentiful practice courts that allow fans to watch players up close; and unparalleled dining options.
ATP 500 Tournament of the Year honors goes to a first-time winner, the Erste Bank Open. First held in 1974, the indoor hard-court regularly attracts the world’s best players to Vienna in October. Even during COVID-19-impacted times nearly 60,000 fans visited the Stadthalle and the new, second match location “Tennis 2 Go” on the premises of the Wiener Eislaufverein in the city centre of Vienna for the 2021 edition.
"We are very pleased that the Erste Bank Open were voted the ATP 500 tournament of the year for the first time in our long history," said Tournament Director Herwig Straka. "We take this as an award for the entire team, which prepares and implements the event with great motivation every year. We consistently try to improve and innovate the Erste Bank Open, like this year’s launch of the 'Tennis 2 Go' project, to offer both, players and fans world-class tennis and entertainment at the highest level."
The Qatar ExxonMobil Open repeats as winner in the ATP 250 category, claiming the Tournament of the Year award for the fourth time overall (2015, 2017, 2019). Doha has set high standards since its inception in 1993 and under the guidance of former player Karim Alami, the tournament continues to build its reputation for its superb facility, world-class hospitality and welcoming fans.
"On behalf of the Qatar Tennis Federation and all the team involved in the event, I want to express how delighted we are at being selected once again as the ATP 250 Tournament of the Year," said Tournament Director Karim Alami. "Our goal throughout the years has been to deliver an event that meets the highest organisational standards, while providing players and their support teams, officials, guests, and spectators with warm conditions and an attention to detail that make them ‘feel at home’ during their time in Doha.
"Winning the ATP 250 tournament award for the fourth time in the last seven years confirms we have been successful in meeting those standards consistently. It is a great honour that the ATP players continue to show their appreciation of the efforts made by everyone involved in the event with this award.
"None of this would be possible without the constant support from our Title Sponsor, ExxonMobil, our other valued sponsors, the Qatar Tennis Federation Board of Directors, the State of Qatar institutions and organisations, and the ATP."