Rio de Janeiro to host combined ATP and WTA event

by: AP March 27, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Rio de Janeiro will host a combined ATP and WTA event that will be the biggest tennis tournament in South America.

Organizers announced the Rio Open on Wednesday. It will be played from Feb. 15-23.

The event will be held at the Jockey Club, which features eight clay courts and a 7,000-seat center court.

The Rio Open will replace the combined ATP-WTA event in Memphis, Tenn. The men's prize money will be $1.2 million and the women's $235,000.

Brazil already hosts an ATP event in Sao Paulo, won by Rafael Nadal last month. Venus Williams won the WTA tournament in the southern city of Florianopolis.

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