New tickets have been released for the end-of-season Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena from November 21. These lower bowl tickets were held off sale for production purposes and are likely to be be snapped up quickly. Click on the link below to purchase the tickets:
The World Tour Finals bring together the top eight performing players from the current season based on ranking points collected. The players who have already qualified for the London finals are Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Juan Martin Del Potro and Andy Roddick.
The remaining two places will be filled by either Nikolay Davydenko, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Ferndando Verdasco, Fernando Gonzalez, Gilles Simon or Marin Cilic.
Under tournament rules, players can only claim points from two ATP 250 events each season, which means for many of the players still vying for a spot there are only three events remaining: Valencia, Basel and the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.
What is particularly interesting about the World Tour Finals is its format: the players are divided into two groups of four, they play everyone in their group once after which the two players with the best record advance to the semi-finals. It means a player can afford to have an off day – but just one – and still be crowned champion. There is also a doubles event along similar lines hosted at the same time.
The tournament began in 1970 as the Masters Grand Prix Tournament. Since then 21 of the 39 winners had won a Grand Slam in the same season. On 12 occasions the Wimbledon champion has won the Masters. Bjorn Borg was the first, in 1979 and 1980, followed by John McEnroe (’83 & ’84), Pete Sampras (’94, ’96, ’97, ’99), Lleyton Hewitt (2002) and Roger Federer (’03, ’04, 06). The US Open winner has won the Finals 10 times, although only six players have actually achieved this. Three players have won the Australian Open or the French Open before ending the season as champion at the Tour Finals.
There will be plenty to play for at what will be the world’s biggest indoor tennis tournament, not least the lion’s share of the US$5 million prize money and the 1500 rankings points for the winner. Crucially, each player will have his own reason to savour victory. Nadal, for instance, is seeking to add something sweet to what has largely been a bitter season; Federer can reinforce his return to the summit of tennis with a win, while Britain’s Andy Murray will be keen to win in front of his home crowd.