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IMG, MGM bring new tennis event to Macau

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Macau’s East Asian Games Dome will host a new invitational tennis event in December, it has been announced.

The MGM Macau Tennis Masters will be delivered by the IMG agency in partnership with MGM China Holdings Limited, with support from the Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government and Macau Tennis Association.

The event will take place from December 2-3. The East Asian Games Dome is the largest indoor sports facility in Macau with a capacity of 9,000.

Belinda Bencic, Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe have already confirmed their participation in the event. Two more ATP players and one more WTA player will be announced in July, when tickets for the event go on sale.

The hard-court event will feature a best-of-three-sets format, with a ten-point tiebreak in lieu of a third set. The Saturday will feature two men’s singles matches and one mixed doubles match, with the Sunday to feature one women’s singles match and two men’s singles matches.

Robbie Henchman, president of global partnerships at IMG, said: “We’re thrilled IMG was able to bring this first-class event to Macau. It is going to be a truly fantastic couple of days for tennis fans in the region, and an exciting first, as it brings stars from men’s and women’s tennis together in Macau for the first time.

“Sports fans, friends and families will be highly entertained by the on-court action and have the rare chance to get up close and personal with these young stars. The MGM Macau Tennis Masters promises to bring a surge of excitement to the already vibrant atmosphere of Macau.”

Bencic is the defending Olympic singles champion and also picked up a silver medal in the mixed doubles at Tokyo 2020. Fritz and Tiafoe are currently ranked ninth and tenth in the ATP rankings, respectively.