With Wimbledon a distant memory and the Rugby World Cup looming, you could be forgiven for thinking it’s a gloomy time for tennis fans. But just a few months from now some of the sport’s biggest stars will be in action on British soil again – this time in the finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour.
The finals see the champions of this year’s men’s tennis season go head to head, with the top eight singles players and doubles teams competing over seven days. So far Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic and Britain’s own Andy Murray have qualified. They look likely to be joined by Nadal, Federer, Wawrinka, Nishikori, Berdych and Ferrer.
Based at the O2 Arena in London’s docklands, the tournament is easy to reach via the river bus from Embankment Pier, or the Jubilee Line from Waterloo (alighting at North Greenwich). You can expect a slightly less sedate atmosphere than Wimbledon, with the indoor arena brought to life by light shows and music before matches.
Even better, it’s easier to get yourself a prime ticket than it is at Wimbledon; in fact, you can still get tickets for all 15 sessions. There are two sessions per day (12pm and 6pm), each featuring one doubles and one singles match, with a single session at 3.30pm on finals day.
If you’re in any doubt, here are some more official highlights from last year’s tournament…
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