The Italian ATP president was Andrea Gaudensei, number 18 in the world in February 1995. During his career, he won three titles in the ATP circuit: Casablanca, Saint Bolton and Bastad, but also reached the final in six other ATP events and played in Round of 16. At 1998 Roland Garros, before Goran Ivanisevic defeated him in the fourth set.
Retired in 2003, Godinzi has held the position of ATP president since January 1, 2020. In a long and comprehensive interview with The Times, the Italian spoke about the many difficulties the circuit faced during the pandemic, and the unprecedented possibility in the history of our sport to hold the Masters 1000 event on the turf.
Gaudenzi: “I made my suggestion.”
He said, “Personally, I’d like to have the Masters 1000 on the grass at Queen’s and Haley Week, and that’s something I’ve already given to interested parties and the rest of the ATP management.”
I love the prospect of getting a solid 1000 MA before Wimbledon. We have a Grand Slam herb but we don’t have a Masters degree 1000 so that’s a topic to be discussed. It could be a good opportunity to bring a major event back to the UK.
The Queen’s Club, which is played at Queen’s Club in London on grass, is part of the ATP Tour 500. In the past, the French Open was held the following week, but since 2015 it has been held in the middle of the week that now separates Roland Garros from Wimbledon .
The Queen’s event is also a preparatory tournament for the London Peace Championship. Noventi Open, known from 1993 to 2018 as the Gerry Weber Open, is a tennis tournament that has been held annually at Halle since 1991, but has been a professional tournament since 1993.
This is an alternate tournament for the Queens Championship in London, in preparation for Wimbledon. This year’s turf season is expected to include the ATP 250 competitions in Stuttgart, Mallorca, Eastbourne and Newport. Queen’s and Halle ATP 500 tournaments as well as of course the Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament.
It is not known if Gaudenzi’s proposal will see daylight, but it must be admitted that turf is actually the only surface of the tour that has never had the opportunity to stage the Masters 1000, unlike dirt. Carlo, Madrid, Rome) and concrete (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal / Toronto, Cincinnati, Shanghai, Paris).
In a few days, the Mutua Madrid Open will begin, from which defending champion Novak Djokovic withdrew after beating young Stefanos Tsitsipas two years ago, who lost in straight sets.