The Cincinnati Masters 1000 tournament sells its rights. These have belonged to the US Tennis Association Usta since 2009, but now it is time to “take the tournament to the next level”. One of the prospects? The Team8 agency, co-founded by Roger Federer (40). This is reported by the sports business newspaper “Sportico”.
Accordingly, the price for the tournament share of 93.8 percent amounts to a nine-digit sum. Although Cincinnati is a combined tournament, ongoing negotiations relate only to the men’s division.
Roddick: “Conflict of interest knows no bounds”
So far, neither Federer nor Team8 have commented on the plans. However, they have encouragement and support from another former world number one, Andy Roddick (39). “In the world of tennis, where conflicts of interest know no borders, Roger can do this,” the American is quoted as saying by “The Tennis Channel”.
Federer has built an incredible relationship with the fans in the city of Cincinnati. Roddick: “The tournament should stay in the tennis family – with someone who really knows and loves our sport.”
Since Team8 was founded in 2013, the agency has been involved in the creation of the Laver Cup, is one of the main investors in Universal Tennis and is a strategic investor and partner in the Swiss company On. Will Cincinnati come along? (mou)