Hilton Shanghai Hosts Shanghai Rolex Masters

Hotel Houses 100 Tennis Players And Caters For 80,000 Fans Attending China’s Most Famous Tennis Championship Event

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November 25, 2010

SHANGHAI -  Having won over the international tennis community as the Official Partner Hotel of the prestigious Tennis Masters Cup (TMC) from 2004 to 2009, Hilton Shanghai scores additional honour as the official Prestige Sponsor of the larger-scale Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Masters 1000, this year as the Shanghai Rolex Masters which was scheduled to be held for the first time in Asia at the Shanghai Qi Zhong Tennis Centre from 09 to 17 October 2010.

The creation of the Shanghai Masters Tournaments resulted from the ATP and the Chinese Tennis Association's desire to develop the market of tennis in China. With more than 100 of the world's top male tennis players competing in 99 matches over nine days, Shanghai Rolex Masters brought world-class tennis back to Shanghai and emerged as the highest profile sporting event be held in China this year.

Supported by its excellent track record as the Official Hotel Sponsor of the TMC for five years, Hilton Shanghai provides accommodation for more than 1,000 members of the international tennis community, counting players, coaches, officials, family members, sponsors and dignitaries during the Shanghai Rolex Masters. It also supplies catering services for some 80,000 guests at the week-long tournament at the Shanghai Qi Zhong Tennis Center.

Hilton Shanghai General Manager, Mr. Guy Hutchinson said, "We are very proud to once again be the official hotel sponsor for this global sporting event. Being the only Masters event in Asia, the Shanghai Rolex Masters is destined to stand out as the flagship event in China and in Asia. It is an ideal occasion for us to showcase our commitment and unparalleled experience in delivering outstanding service. All of us are very much looking forward to doing our very best for the event."

Renovated Facilities
As Hilton Hotels & Resorts' longest-standing hotels in Asia, Hilton Shanghai has just completed its multi-million dollar renovation prior to the event. The elegantly designed Executive Rooms provides travellers with utmost luxury and exquisite contemporary Oriental style and access to the stunning 510 sqm Executive Lounge on level 38. The uniquely designed Grand Ballroom offers comprehensive conference facilities including 2,500 square meters of flexible meeting space in 18 meeting rooms.

Impeccable taste, elegance and style. The newly-renovated 192 ㎡ Hilton's Presidential Suite blends the elements of the East and the West, creating the perfect balance between the timeless retro French classic design and sophisticated contemporary interior features. From the exquisite, relaxed atmosphere to the stunning panoramic view and the masterful craftsmanship of the furniture, every single detail is focused on providing the highest standard of style and comfort.

Fusing nostalgia for the past with a penchant for luxury and the best of the world's contemporary design, some of the suites highlights are a smoking "opium" bed, Herman Miller executive chair, rainforest shower cubicle, an old-fashioned bathtub clad in water-proof carved leather and also the most expansive hotel wardrobe facility in the city. The unique 16 ㎡ walk-in wardrobe is fitted with chic-looking cubby holes.

Healthy Options Menu
To offer enhanced catering experience to a larger group of guests, Hilton Shanghai has continually invited a one-star Michelin Italian Chef Igor Macchia from Torino, Italy as the chef for this year Shanghai Rolex Masters.

Backed by rich working experience with various three-star Michelin restaurants, Chef Macchia has successfully endowed traditional cuisine with innovative creations and has best interpreted the idea of "good and healthy" dining philosophy by applying today's techniques and instruments to gastronomy.

Mr. Hutchison added: "At this year's tennis stadium, guests will be able to feast on excellent Italian gourmet delicacies paired with elaborately selected wines and other appropriate beverages, while indulging in the comfort and appeal of the hotel's opulent ambience and impeccable service at the stadium."

2009 Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 was voted the "2009 ATP Masters 1000 Tournament of the Year" award exclusively by the ATP players and is granted to the "Best" of the Nine Masters events staged throughout the year. The Shanghai ATP Masters Organizing Committee won the prestigious annual award this year and recognized Hilton Shanghai as the "Best of the Best" together with other sponsors.

A recent survey taken during the tournament also showed that Hilton Shanghai served some of the best food of the ATP circuit, thanks to its organic and gluten-free ingredients, reduced saturated fats, cholesterol, carbohydrate, calorie and trans-fat contents in its regular dining choices.

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