It’s 45 days and counting to the Barclays ATP World Tour Tennis Finals at the O2 Arena, London, that is being held between the 21st and 28th November. For those not familiar with this tournament the top 8 ranked male players in the world will battle it out between themselves for a share of the $5 million prize money.
The ATP tournament is highly prestigious and extremely tough as there are no easy matches – each opponent is a top 8 player with a huge reputation. The tournament is at the climax of an arduous season and makes it all the more fascinating for tennis fans.
The current top 8 includes our very own Andy Murray who is ranked at 4 in the world. Rafael Nadal remains the World No.1 although Roger Federer, still the greatest tennis player of all time in my book, is stalking him at No. 2. They are the only guaranteed qualifiers at this stage and the next six ranked players – Novak Djokovic, Murray, Robin Soderling, Tomas Berdych, Andy Roddick and Fernando Verdasco need to maintain their form to claim a spot in the tournament and the chance to carry away the title and all that money.
The O2 Arena, formerly the Millenium Dome, is a perfect setting for this fantastic tournament and shows that the much maligned building is a superb venue for such sporting contests and concerts of all sorts.