Andrea Gaudenzi has hinted that Queens could be upgraded to an ATP Masters 1000 event in the coming years to fill a void in the Tour calendar.
There are currently nine Masters on the ATP calendar, although none are played on grass.
Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal/Toronto, Cincinnati, Shanghai, and Paris are ATP Masters events that are played on a hardcourt, while Monte-Carlo, Madrid, and Rome are clay court tournaments.
The grass court season is the shortest of all the surfaces and that leaves relatively few options in terms of which tournament to boost.
Both Queens and Halle are grass court ATP 500 so offer a strong case for an upgrade, although Gaudenzi seems keen to bring more top level tennis to the UK after London lost the ATP Finals to Turin.
“I personally like the concept of having an ATP Masters 1000 tournament on grass the week of Queen’s and Halle,” ATP chairman Gaudenzi said, as quoted by British newspaper The 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.”
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