The ATP Finals 2021 in Turin are upon us. During the presentation press conference in the Intesa SanPaolo skyscraper, chairman of the Italian Tennis Federation Angelo Binaghi opened very encouraging numbers for the tournament, including tickets sold and the presence of a 75% crowd.
He explained: “To date we have exceeded 120,000 tickets sold, for a total of over 15 million, as much as a good football team does in two years. 200 journalists. We have the ambition to say that this will be the best edition ever.
We have set up the largest indoor tennis event with all the difficulties and uncertainties that a pandemic can involve and we have succeeded because we have found a system that works, which it made us integrate and led us to the final result.
The Turin and Piedmont system in which colors, affiliations or private interests do not count but only the final goal. It has been 3 very intense years that we have lived at breakneck speed , now our efforts are over we can pass the baton to the real protagonists of this event.”
Gaudenzi also talked about the event
Gaudenzi, ATP chairman, added: “Watching the video presentation with the winners of the various editions I got goosebumps, for the champions and for the 50 years of history of our sport that are well represented by the Nitto ATP Finals round robin formula, with the best 8 and the strongest who wins, is a wonderful format, and as an Italian I am proud and happy to have an Italian in the race.
I am convinced that we will show how big Italy, Turin and Piedmont are ready. The participants? We are certainly in a moment that represents a transition phase. The era of the Big 3 is not over yet, but we are approaching a passing of the baton. I lived the post Sampras-Agassi period as a player, during the which all of us tennis professionals were afraid of the crisis.
At the time I would never have believed that someone could win more than 14 slams, but I was proven wrong, not once but three times. The future of tennis is therefore very bright.”