Tennis-Mercedes-Benz to end sponsorship of ATP Tour

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BERLIN, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Mercedes-Benz said on Friday it will end its 11-year sponsorship of men's tennis when its current deal with the ATP Tour expires at the end of 2008. The DaimlerChrysler luxury car unit, which has backed the tour since 1996, said in a statement it wanted to shift the focus of its marketing activities to golf, horse riding and soccer, as well as fashion and lifestyle. "Over the years our partnership with the ATP has had a very high-brand fit for Mercedes-Benz ...

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