The top eight men in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings meet each year in the end of season tournament at the O2 in Greenwich (the women’s event is held in Singapore). Andy Murray produced a thrilling finish to the season last Sunday, winning the Barclays ATP World Tour Final and making the no.1 spot his own in the winner-takes-all final against Novak Djokovic.
I went along to the O2 Arena to watch some of the tennis on the Friday before the final. If you’ve been to the O2 you’ll be well aware of what a great venue it is; it really is a very versatile arena as it hosts such a wide array of events. Having never seen tennis live before myself, it was a completely new experience. With it being the Friday evening session, the drinks were flowing and the atmosphere was great in the packed out arena.
In the session we got to see a doubles match, which was very exciting and to a high standard. The main event was a singles match between Marin Cilic of Croatia and Kei Nishikori from Japan. It was meant to be a ‘dead rubber’ as Cilic was already out of the tournament, but was actually an extremely intense game and Cilic eventually ran out as winner. All in all it was great introduction to live tennis for me and the indoor arena certainly added to the atmosphere – I’ll definitely get down there next year as it was such an entertaining evening.
And it’s not too early to start thinking about next year’s tennis in south London – you can enter the Wimbledon public ballot now (31st Dec deadline). Also, you can become a British Tennis Member and enter their Wimbledon ballot, as well as getting priority booking for next years ATP Finals and all the other tennis events such as the Davis Cup and the Queens Club tournament.