The Shanghai Masters tennis tournament is a professional tennis tournament that takes place in Shanghai, China each year. The tournament is for the men only as part of the ATP Tour Masters 1000 series.
Whether you’re traveling to the tournament or watching from home, here’s everything a tennis fan should know to enjoy the Shanghai Masters.
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Table of Contents
2021 Shanghai Masters: COVID-19 Update
About the Shanghai Masters Tennis Tournament
How to Get Tickets to the Shanghai Masters Tournament
The Best Places to Stay for the Shanghai Masters
Getting Around Shanghai
How to Make Your Shanghai Masters Experience Great
How to Watch the Shanghai Masters Tournament On TV
Last Updated: March 25, 2021
We will update this page if more changes occur due to COVID-19.
The Shanghai Masters is also known as the Shanghai Rolex Masters because the famous watchmaker is the sponsor for this event. It has only been around since 2009 but is already a popular event that people look forward to in China each year.
The Shanghai Masters tournament is located in the Minhang District of Shanghai, China. It’s on the eastern coast of the country at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena.
The dates for the 2021 Shanghai Masters are October 9th through the 17th.
The 2020 tournament was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
The current champions for 2019 are Daniil Medvedev of Russia for singles and Mate Pavic (Croatia) and Bruno Soares (Brazil) for doubles players.
The court surface at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena is a hard outdoor court surface. It’s considered a DecoTurf surface which is the brand that makes the surface for many tennis courts around the world.
The prize money for the 2019 Shanghai Masters tournament was $8.3 million dollars (USD).
The ranking points were the same for both singles and doubles in 2019.
For the venue in Shanghai, there are three main courts.
There are also 22 outside courts around the property.
For tickets, you can purchase them on three different levels for the Center Court stadium. They include CAT 1 (lower level), CAT 2 (upper-level, first section), and CAT 3 (upper-level, second section).
You can also buy individual tickets for specific days or go with package deals for the entire event.
There are many places to stay in the bustling city of Shanghai. This is a grand and modern city with options in all price ranges for the Minhang District.
For four to five-star hotel options, you can look into these hotels:
For budget-friendly options, consider these hotels:
Of course, you can always skip the hotel route and go with Airbnb. There are many high-end apartments for rent, rooms in people’s homes, and condos you can stay in during your visit there.
Many of the hotels will offer a free shuttle service to the tennis tournament. If that isn’t an option at the hotel you are staying at, there is a city shuttle bus that runs from the Xinzhuang Station to the front gates of the Qizhong Tennis Centre. It takes about 45 minutes from the downtown area of Shanghai.
You can choose the option of taking a private taxi as well, which the hotel will be happy to schedule for you.
With 3 different stadiums and 22 outside courts, you’ll have plenty of tennis to watch at the Shanghai Masters.
The grounds of the Qizhong Forest Sports Arena are modern with architecture that is unlike anywhere else in the world. There are shops, food stands, and Rolex has a large store there to showcase their watches.
It’s going to be an early morning for you because most of the people going to the tournament will be staying at hotels about 45 minutes away. Traffic can be quite intense in Shanghai, so you are going to want to give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the tournament each day.
The weather in Shanghai in October is going to be spring-like with an average temperature of 73 degrees. You’ll want to bring a light jacket, hat, and sunscreen.
Comfortable shoes are important since the grounds at the arena are expansive. Since the stadium is open-air, you’ll be in the sun for a least part of the day depending on where you are sitting.
Keep in mind that you can’t bring any outside food or drink into the venue. Small purses are allowed, but you can’t bring in any large bags or backpacks.
Inside the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, you’ll find a festive atmosphere with many people from all over the world in attendance. There are also shops, restaurants, and the main structure itself resembles a giant magnolia flower.
Tennis TV offers every match with a subscription.
You can also watch the Shanghai Masters on the Tennis Channel. Streaming matches on the Tennis Channel plus is a third option, but you do need a subscription.
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