Looks like it has becoming a trend in Asia (e.g. Doha, Malaysia, etc) where tennis events are heavily bankrolled by their respective governments.
Now the same thing is happening to the yearly tennis exhibition JB Classic after its title sponsor pulled out recently.
A new event with different format has taken over - the Hong Kong Tennis Classic 2010.
Next January, teams from four regions of the world (Russia, Asia, America and Europe) will consist of two ladies and a man.
Team Russia: Marat Safin, Maria Sharapova, Vera Zvonareva
Team Asia: Paradorn Srichaphan, Zheng Jie, Ayumi Morita
Team America: Michael Chang, Venus Williams, Gisela Dulko
Team Europe: Stefan Edberg, Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka
The new team format will feature women’s & men’s singles and mixed doubles matches over four days of action packed tennis at Victoria Park.
Tickets for the Hong Kong Tennis Classic will be on sale from the beginning of December. Details will be announced in due course.
For more information, please contact the following:
KCE Sport and Entertainment
Mr. Terry Catton, Co-Tournament Director
Ms. Amy Tsang, PR & Communications Manager
Tel: (852) 2723 8721/ (852)9809 8710 Fax: (852) 2311 0040