The ATP announced on Wednesday that the ATP World Tour will enter Sofia, Bulgaria, for the first time following the approval by its Board of Directors to relocate the tournament in Zagreb, Croatia, to the Bulgarian capital beginning in 2016. The first ever ATP World Tour event in Bulgaria will be played indoors on hard from 1 to 7 February in 2016.
The Garanti Koza Sofia Open will be staged at the Arena Armeec Sofia, Bulgaria’s leading sports and entertainment venue.
Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President, said: “Bulgaria has already made its mark on the ATP World Tour through its star player, Grigor Dimitrov, but we are delighted to be able to meet the demand for professional tennis that has been generated in the country. As we add an important market such as Bulgaria to our global footprint, the ATP World Tour will be set to take place across 32 countries in 2016.”
Stefan Tzvetkov, President of the Bulgarian Tennis Federation, said: “The Bulgarian Tennis Federation, in partnership with Garanti Koza, is thrilled to host an ATP event in Sofia, bringing Bulgarian tennis fans the opportunity to watch some of the best players in the world competing for an ATP World Tour title in Sofia. We look forward to great tennis at the Arena Armeec Sofia for many years to come!”
The tournament’s first edition will take place in week 6 of the 2016 ATP World Tour, alongside the Open Sud de France in Montpellier and the Ecuador Open Quito.
The Board of Directors also approved the relocation of its tournament in Morocco from Casablanca to Marrakech, taking place from 4 to 11 April 2016.
The updated 2016 ATP World Tour calendar can be found here.