ATP chief Andre Gaudenzi looking at holding Masters 1000 event on grass as build-up to Wimbledon
As it currently stands, three of the Masters 1000 events on the ATP calendar are played on clay and the other six on hard courts, but ATP chariman Andrea Gaudenzi has confirmed that he is looking at bumping up either the Halle or Queen's Club tournaments, both currently 500s, to a higher status on the tour in the run-up to Wimbledon.
A general view during the mens singles final between Feliciano Lopez of Spain and Gilles Simon of France during day seven of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queens Club on June 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom
The ATP is exploring the possibility of staging a Masters 1000 event on grass in Britain in the lead-up to Wimbledon in the future, the chairman of the men's tour Andrea Gaudenzi said.
Masters 1000 events are among most prestigious tournaments after the four grand slams, with three held on clay and a further six on hard courts every year.
A Masters 1000 tournament has never been held on grass since the series' inception in 1990 and the events organised in the build-up to Wimbledon are ATP 500 and ATP 250 tournaments in Germany, Britain, and the Netherlands.
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"I personally like the concept of having an ATP Masters 1000 tournament on grass the week of Queen's and Halle," Gaudenzi told 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."