Green shoots of life for a new Masters 1000 on grass could start to sprout if the ATP goes ahead with a proposal to expand the summer season on the European lawns.
ATP head Andrea Gaudenzi, who reached the Wimbledon fourth round in 1994, revealed the possibility on Monday as the Tour works to stabilise the calendar amid the continuing COVID-19 ambience.
While any move would not come in 2021, the Italian appeared enthusiastic over the option.
“I personally like the concept of having an ATP Masters 1000 tournament on grass the week of Queen’s and Halle,” he told London’s Times
“It is something I have proposed to the stakeholders and to the board.
“I like the concept of a strong Masters 1000 leading into Wimbledon. We have a Grand Slam on grass but not a Masters 1000.
“It is obviously going to have to be discussed by everyone but that could be a way of bringing a big event to the UK.”
Besides Britain, the ATP already has pre-Wimbledon grass events in Germany and the Netherlands.
“This circuit never stops, it is always about moving forward managing crises and problems,” he said.
“We have changed more rules in the last 15 months than in the last 30 years , both in terms of calendar, prize money, rankings… absolutely everything.
“We cannot find a (bio-bubble) solution like the NBA did in Florida to play in one place, here we travel constantly, in addition to having different governing bodies, tournaments and structures. Everything requires a huge effort ”,
Main photo:- ATP Head Andrea Gaudenzi