The Shanghai Masters - Betting Odds, Favourites to Win, History and Prize Money

Tournament Details:

Date: 2024.10.02
Location: China
Sport: Tennis
Surface: Outdoor hard courts
Total Prize Money: US $8.8 million

With the world's largest population and a booming economy, China was always an important and financially viable venue for ATP World Tour. This incredible potential in the Chinese market is what led to the birth and encouraging boom of the Shanghai Masters.

The Shanghai Masters tennis tournament - Action shot of a player serving the ball.  Bet on it!The Shanghai Masters Tennis tournament is an annual tennis tournament that is played in the most populous city of China, Shanghai. It is the biggest tennis event in Asia and holds the status of an ATP Tour Masters 1000 competition.

2023 Champion:

Hubert Hurkacz won his second ATP Masters 1000 title in a thrilling match. He narrowly avoided defeat, saving one match point, and went on to beat Andrey Rublev with scores of 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(8). This win is the highlight of his season so far.

Now at 26 years old, Hurkacz has gotten seven tour-level titles. The victory in Shanghai marks his second ATP Masters 1000 win, having previously won in Miami in 2021.

Venue, Naming, and Courts:

The tournament is played at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, Shanghai. The event features matches in both the Singles and Doubles categories. It is named the Rolex Shanghai Masters for sponsorship reasons. The matches have been played on hard outdoors courts.

History and Foundation:

Realizing the immense potential of the Chinese and Asian Markets, the ATP World Tour and the Chinese Tennis Association laid out plans to expand the game in China to attract viewership and sponsors.

The Shanghai Open and The Tennis Masters Cup:

In 1996, the first ever grand scale tennis event named Shanghai Open was held in Shanghai. Following its success, the year-end Tennis championship, the Tennis Masters Cup, was shifted to Shanghai in 2002. Later, Shanghai also hosted the event between 2005 and 2008. During this period, Roger Federer won twice while Novak Djokovic claimed the 2008 title. This served as a huge boost to the growth and rise in popularity of tennis in China and South Asia.

The Shanghai Masters 1000:

In 2007, ATP announced the foundation of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Shanghai, with the inaugural edition scheduled for 2009. That's how the current Shanghai Masters 1000 tournament was conceived. It had been allocated the annual October slot, the time of the year previously reserved for the Madrid Open.

Past Champions:

The Roll of Honour of the Shanghai Masters 1000 has featured all the big names of this era, barring Rafael Nadal. The inaugural singles event was won by the Russian Tennis Star Nikolay Davydenko, who managed to defeat Rafael Nadal in the final.

Following that, it remained s regular sequence of victories for Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer. Novak Djokovic has won the most Shanghai Masters Titles with 4 triumphs in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2018. Andy Murray won the event three times, with victories coming in 2010, 2011, and 2016. Other than them, Roger Federer has won the competition twice (2014 and 2017).

As far as the record for consecutive Shanghai Masters 1000 Titles is concerned, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic both won two consecutive titles between 2010-11 and 2012-13, respectively.

In the doubles category, the French team of Julien Benneteau and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the inaugural edition in 2009.

Overall, the Brazilian doubles specialist Marcelo Melo has been most successful with three titles (each time with a different partner).


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