SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS IS THE ATP MASTERS 1000 TOURNAMENT OF THE YEAR
Shanghai is one of the world’s greatest cities and the commercial heart of amazing China. It’s a city with a futuristic look but at the same time it is a city that cherishes its history. The skyscrapers of Pudong seem to protect the glorious century old buildings of The Bund just across the Huangpu River.
This metropolis is the home of the Shanghai Rolex Masters, the biggest ATP World Tour tournament in Asia and the award winning star of the circuit.
Never before in the history of the men’s tour has a tournament won the award for tournament of the year in its first year of operation. The Shanghai Rolex Masters did, winning the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Tournament of the Year. Not only did the players vote it the honour in its first year, 2009, but did it again the next year and again the following year, 2011.
For an event to be so praised by the stars of our sport makes the Shanghai Rolex Masters incredibly proud but at the same time provides the determination to keep on improving. The Shanghai Rolex Masters does not sit back on its laurels; instead the tournament strives to continue setting a benchmark that can be used to showcase Asia to the world as a leading destination for this great sport of ours.
The last two years the Shanghai Rolex Masters has been won by Andy Murray, the Olympic gold medallist.
“I really enjoy the tournament in Shanghai,” said Murray. “The whole week, they put on a great tournament. I really enjoy it. People are very friendly. They try very hard to make the tournament as easy for the players as possible. They just run a really good tournament.”
Kei Nishikori reached the semis last year and built up quite a fan base while Janko Tipsarevic who won his first career title in Asia will be returning to Shanghai as a top 10 player for the first time. The event looks forward to also welcoming back Federer, Djokovic, 2011 finalist Ferrer, Del Potro, Tsonga and all the world’s best.
For the world’s best tennis players the Shanghai Rolex Masters is the final stop on the Asian swing, so all roads lead to this amazing city and the phenomenal QiZhong Tennis Centre.
The 15,000 seat centre court is a glass and steel beacon that rises at the top of the whole complex. Its retractable roof is the most unique in all of tennis if not sport. It is structured in eight parts and represents two aspects. First, eight is the lucky number for the Chinese people and second the eight sections or “petals” as they are better known, symbolise the flower of Shanghai, the magnolia.
Built originally for the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup, the facility has grown to encompass three fabulous stadium courts, 16 match courts and six indoor courts. There is a lavish VIP and corporate hospitality building and another building that almost creates a mini-expo of consumables with both buildings connected by a public dining area.
The top eight singles seeds and the top two doubles teams receive private locker rooms that include a lounge room setting. The players have their own music room that frequently hosts music jam sessions, there’s a full gym on-site and when the players want to relax there is the luxurious player lounge and dining room created by Haworth with the latest video games, giant TVs and food that is created by a Michelin star chef. And when it’s time to rest up at the hotel, the players are accommodated at one of the best hotels on the entire circuit, the 5 star Hilton Shanghai.
The Shanghai Rolex Masters strives to epitomise its slogan – “Best of the Best!"