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Five more ATP Masters 1000 events to move to 96-player draws as part of ATP Tour OneVision plan
Other features of the plan include audited tournament financials to provide full transparency to players on the economics of tournaments.
and a 50/50 profit sharing formula between players and tournaments
The ATP Tour has announced that five more ATP Masters 1000 series events will move to a 96-player draw, which means that seven of the nine Masters 1000 series will feature a 96-players singles draw.
As part of Phase One of its long-term transformational Strategic Plan ‘OneVision’, the ATP Tour confirmed that the five events will move to 12-days events over the coming seasons, the same format currently used at Indian Wells and Miami.
The five events are:
- Mutua Madrid Open (from 2023)
- Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome, from 2023)
- Rolex Shanghai Masters (from 2023)
- National Bank Open presented by Rogers (Canada, from 2025)
- Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati, from 2025)
In a statement released, ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said: “Our sport has huge upside and stands on the cusp of a new era of growth. Fulfilling our potential requires us to be united, pursue new growth opportunities and focus on what matters most: the fans. OneVision gives us a game plan to do just that. Its launch represents a game-changing moment for the Tour and a huge collective effort across our sport. I’m incredibly excited for what’s to come.”
Some of the other features of ‘OneVision’ Phase one include:
- For the first time, audited tournament financials will provide full transparency to players on the economics of tournaments.
- A 50/50 profit sharing formula between players and tournaments to better align their interests in growing the game as partners in success.
- Prize money at the five expanded top tier events increasing by more than 35 per cent between 2022 and 2025.
- The year- end Bonus Pool will also double digit growth and will now be distributed to the Top 30 players (up from 12).
- A new element of profit sharing based on the financial performance of the tournaments, has the potential to provide further financial support to more than 140 players.
- An expanded and restructured ATP Board composition, alongside new checks and balances to protect against conflicts of interest.
Up next will be Phase Two of OneVision which has a vision of “creating a unified governance structure and operating model across the wider sport, exploiting key synergies and delivering greater support for lower levels of tennis through incremental growth” and is a collective initiative between the different governing bodies of tennis, including the ATP, WTA, ITF, Australian Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open.