The Qizhong Forest Sports arena will once again host the ATP World Tour Masters 1000, a tennis tournament which started in Shanghai two years ago. For those die-hard tennis fans that want to see the likes of Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafa Nadal, book your flights with Shanghai Tours to come and experience one of the most exciting cities in the world. Travel to Shanghai this October to witness this sporting feast as well as gain a valuable cultural experience. 

Shanghai has hosted international masters tennis tournaments since 2005, but it was only recently renamed to the ‘ATP World Tour Masters 1000,’ or for what it is more commercially known as, the ‘Shanghai Rolex Masters.’ It was set up with the intention of developing the market of tennis in China, and it has undoubtedly worked. Similarly, tourists spare a few days off work to come and see these stars battle for the $3million (US) prize money. The arena seats roughly 15,000 people and is one of the biggest tennis facilities in Asia. Each year, the tournament proves to offer fans a set of exhilarating encounters. Nikolay Davydenkenko won the tournament in 2009 and in 2010, Andy Murray saw off the legendary Roger Federer in the final. Both Singles and Doubles matches are played over the space of eight days. The excellent organization, thrilling matches and wonderful service and hospitality captivate fans that attend the contest.

Sponsors include Coca Cola, Rolex, Heineken and the Wall Street Journal, so you can see what a significant international event it is. Being the only Masters event in Asia once again proves China’s continuing contribution to the international sporting world. Ranging from the Olympics in 2008 to the Italian Supercup in Beijing this year, China proceeds to being a major player in this giant global industry.

As noted earlier, this city has a lot to offer for any holidaymaker. Culture, nightlife and relaxation is nothing more than you can ask from a vacation. In fact, many view Shanghai as the cultural and economic centre of East Asia. Countless tourists come here on a business trip and stay a few extra days to check out he sites. For some purely seeking culture, Shanghai has plenty of museums such as The Shanghai Museum and the Shanghai Natural History Museum.  For those who are really interested in art, the Shanghai Art Museum is a must-see. As for other sites and attractions, the first few places, which come to mind, are, the City of God Temple, People’s Square and Pudong (Below).

So, if you’re in Shanghai for the Tennis Masters Tournament in October,      you can be kept busy and simply get blown by this fascinating city. I would thoroughly recommend visiting Shanghai in October to tennis fans. Tickets this year will start from 60RMB and prices will vary depending on which part of the arena you will be seated it and also which matches you wish to attend. Tickets can be bought on the tournament’s website. So book your tickets via Shanghai Flights for an exquisite vacation.

Jack Li

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