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Thailand Open folds, sold to Shenzhen

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Falling spectator numbers and a general decline in local tennis interest since the 2007 retirement of Paradorn Srichaphan has killed the Thailand Open, with the ATP 250 event sold to organisers in Shenzhen, China, officials confirmed on Thursday. 

The move to the metropolis just across the border from Hong Kong comes after 11 editions in Bangkok and takes effect immediately for the event to be staged in the last week of September 2014.

The Thailand Open had been steadily declining over recent editions, with organisers finding it increasingly difficult to attract world-class players.

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