The prestigious Paris Masters will move from its current venue to the Paris La Defense Arena in 2025.
Each year, the Masters 1000 event in Paris is one of the most important of the season. Every Masters level tournament is big, but the Paris Masters takes place near the end of the season, and often decides who qualifies for the ATP Finals.
Many great moments have taken place at the event over the years. Last year, Novak Djokovic won his 40th Masters titles in Paris. He did this with a victory over Grigor Dimitrov, who was in tears after the defeat.
The 2022 iteration of the event saw Holger Rune, who is in the Montpellier draw this week, win a maiden Masters 1000 title. He did this courtesy of a stunning triumph in the final against Djokovic.
The Accor Arena has been the scene of those moments for many years, but 2024 will be the last year that it hosts the tournament, with the Paris La Defense Arena becoming the event's new home in 2025.
As reported by the ATP, the new venue will be able to welcome 23,000 spectators, in comparison to the current 16,800 capacity. The courts and player areas will be extended, modernized, and grouped in the same area.
It is an exciting development, although it was one the Paris Masters had to make in order to adhere to ATP standards set for Masters 1000 events in relation to size, reception capacity, and competition format.
Other changes in 2025 include the number of doubles teams increasing from 24 to 28, and the schedule changing from four matches in the day and two at night to three in the day and two at night. This is to avoid very late finishes.
The president of the French Tennis Federation, Gilles Moretton, expressed his delight with the move in a part of his statement.
"By moving to the Paris La Defense Arena, we will fulfill our ambitions by offering our athletes and spectators an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives."