Originally Posted by Mainad
ATP politics kicked in. After 2008, Shanghai's contract to stage the YEC came to an end. There had been a prior agreement that Shanghai would be compensated by being made into a Masters tournament so that Asia (and especially China) would continue to have a showcase major tournament.
One mans 'politics' is another's 'planning for the future'. Asia is growing. Moving a 1000 event there was genius. The only problem with Shanghai is transportation - the stadium is quite a ways from the city center and the government won't let the subway run late to accommodate the late matches (I've gone every yr since 2005). They will fix this eventually - dealing with the Chinese is 'tricky' (to use one of Fed's favorite words)
Sorry @Mustard and others: Hamburg's stadium is too small for a 1000 event. And after Becker (and Kiefer) and Graf, tennis isn't as popular in Germany. And Madrid is an awesome city. Hamburg can't compare.