[July 18, Macau] MGM and IMG recently unveiled the inaugural MGM Macau Tennis Masters and announced the participation of Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic, along with close friends and top ten players Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe. Now this exciting event is thrilled to announce the addition of the sensational Emma Raducanu and Asia’s most captivating young talent, Wu Yibing, to the star-studded line-up.
Taking place on 2-3 December 2023 at the Macao East Asian Games Dome, the largest indoor sports facility in the region, this mixed hardcourt tournament will feature four players from the men’s tour and two from the women’s circuit. The singles matches will be played in a best-of-three set format, with a ten-point match tiebreak replacing the third set.
A press conference was held today at MGM MACAU to announce more details, with representatives including Hubert Wang, President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM; Luiz Carvalho, IMG Senior Vice President, Tennis Events; Christine Lam, Vice President of the Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government; Ricky Hoi, Deputy Director of Macao Government Tourism Office and Ma Iao Iao, Chairman of the Macau Tennis Association.
The action-packed MGM Macau Tennis Masters will consist of two men’s singles matches and one mixed doubles on Saturday, followed by a women’s singles match and two men’s singles matches on Sunday, culminating in an evening awards ceremony.
“Macau is a premier entertainment destination and in collaboration with MGM, IMG is truly excited about this two-day event,” Luiz Carvalho, Senior Vice President, Tennis Events from IMG said. “After years without top-flight tennis in Macao, we believe this is the perfect location for two days of high-level sports entertainment.
“We previously announced Belinda, Taylor and Frances - three stars with distinct personalities that will captivate sports fans in Macau and the surrounding area. Now, having Emma Raducanu and Wu Yibing join them is brilliant and adds more fire power.”
“There will be an even greater connection to the local community. Emma’s Chinese roots and her remarkable rise to stardom by winning the US Open have made her a global sensation, while Wu Yibing’s historic feat as the first Chinese national to win an ATP tournament has significantly elevated his standing in world tennis.”
“With MGM Macau Tennis Masters being a large scale international indoor tennis tournament held in Macau, we are dedicated to present a spectacular sports extravaganza, appealing to fans and spectators from all around the world to come to Macau,” said Hubert Wang, President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM. “Through a series of world class sporting actions with the presence of A-list players, we aim to form a synergy to help promote the city’s charm, maximizing the potential of sports tourism.”
Emma Raducanu remarkable rise into the world’s top ten embodies the essence of a true dream come true. Her extraordinary path from the qualifying rounds to capturing the title at the 2021 US Open was truly remarkable, she transformed into a sporting superstar and one of the most recognisable faces in the world of sports. Fluent in Mandarin, courtesy of her Chinese mother, the 20-year-old has amassed a global fanbase drawn to her exceptional skills and multicultural heritage.
China has long awaited a male tennis player to celebrate, and that dream became a reality earlier in 2023 when Wu Yibing became the first national player to win an ATP title. In back-to-back matches, which involved saving championship points, the former junior world No.1 defeated Taylor Fritz and John Isner to claim the Dallas title.
“We are glad that the MGM Macau Tennis Masters is being hosted in Macau and are excited to see so many world-renowned tennis players coming to the city. We eagerly anticipate the two-day event of outstanding tennis and thrilling matches.” Pun Weng Kun, President of the Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government said. “This international tennis event will certainly attract crowds of tourists and encourage them to prolong their stay in Macau.”
The MGM Macau Tennis Masters will soon announce one more men’s player to complete the impressive line-up.
“We are honored to be part of this major tournament, featuring global stars and champions of some of the biggest titles in the world,” said Ma Iao Iao, Chairman of the Macau Tennis Association. “We warmly welcome the six world class players competing in our city. The fans at the Macao East Asian Games Dome are expected to create a sensational atmosphere, which will give these exceptional players a warm and memorable moment.”
Ticket sales for the MGM Macau Tennis Masters will open at 12pm on 1 August. For more detailed information, please refer to mgm.mo and the official website of MGM Macau Tennis Masters.
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