Rio to combined ATP-WTA event from February

Rio the Janeiro will host a combined ATP and WTA event which

will be the biggest tennis tournament in South America from next

February.

Local organizers announced the Rio Open on Wednesday, to be

played from Feb. 15-23.

The event will be played at the Jockey Club, which features

eight clay courts, including a 7,000-seat center court.

The men’s prize money will be $1.2 million, and the women’s

$235,000.

The Rio Open will replace the combined ATP-WTA event in Memphis,

Tennessee.

Brazil already hosts an ATP event in Sao Paulo, won by Rafael

Nadal last month, and a WTA tournament in the southern city of

Florianopolis, played by Venus Williams last month.