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Brazilian fans at the U.S. vs. Brazil Davis Cup match in February 2013.
Rio De Janeiro will host the WTA and ATP in February, just weeks before Carnival.
The Rio Open will be the only combined ATP/WTA event held in South America. The tournament was moved from Memphis by sports promotion company IMX, which acquired the tournament with the intention of moving it to Rio.
Rio, site of the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, is becoming quite the sports mecca.
The Rio Open will be played on red clay. It will be a premier-level event for the WTA and a 500-level event for the ATP. Memphis will host ATP events at the 250 level.
The move increases the footprint of both tours in South America.
Along with Rio, Bogota and Florianopolis (Brazil) will be international-level events on the WTA tour. It marks the first time that there will be three international events in South America for the first time in WTA history.
However, the tournament in Rio will have a tough time drawing big names from the women's tour. The prize money for men is about $1.3 million and only $250,000 for the women.
Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer have already committed to playing.