Tennis ATP Race to London (Nitto ATP Finals, O2 Enviornment), up to date October 29, 2018.
The ATP Finals is the second highest tier of annual males’s tennis match after the 4 Grand Slam tournaments.
Every week-long occasion, the match is held yearly every November on the O2 Enviornment in London, United Kingdom. The ATP Finals are the season-ending championships of the ATP World Tour and have the highest eight singles gamers and doubles groups of the ATP Rankings. The match was first held in 1970, though it was identified below a distinct title.
Roger Federer holds the file for essentially the most singles titles with six, whereas Peter Fleming and John McEnroe maintain the file for essentially the most doubles titles with seven.
Within the present match, winners are awarded as much as 1500 rating factors; with every round-robin loss, 200 factors are deducted from that quantity.
The occasion is the fourth evolution of a championship which started in 1970. It was initially often called the Masters Grand Prix and was a part of the Grand Prix Tennis Circuit. It was organized by the Worldwide Garden Tennis Federation (ILTF). It ran alongside the competing WCT Finals the season-ending championships for the rival World Championship Tennis Tour. The Masters was a year-end showpiece occasion between the very best gamers on the boys’s tour however didn’t rely for any world rating factors.
In 1990, the Affiliation of Tennis Professionals (ATP) took over the operating of the boys’s tour and changed the Masters with the ATP Tour World Championship. World rating factors have been now at stake, with an undefeated champion incomes the identical variety of factors they might for profitable one of many 4 Grand Slam occasions. The ITF, who continued to run the Grand Slam tournaments, created a rival year-end occasion often called the Grand Slam Cup, which was contested by the 16 gamers with the very best information in Grand Slam competitions that 12 months.
In December 1999, the ATP and ITF agreed to discontinue the 2 separate occasions and create a brand new jointly-owned occasion referred to as the Tennis Masters Cup. As with the Masters Grand Prix and the ATP Tour World Championships, the Tennis Masters Cup was contested by eight gamers. Nonetheless, a participant who’s ranked quantity eight within the ATP Champion’s Race world rankings doesn’t have a assured spot. If a participant who wins one of many 12 months’s Grand Slam occasions finishes the 12 months ranked outdoors the highest eight however nonetheless inside the prime 20, he’s included within the Tennis Masters Cup as a substitute of the eighth-ranked participant. If two gamers outdoors the highest eight win Grand Slam occasions, the upper positioned participant on this planet rankings takes the ultimate spot within the Tennis Masters Cup.
In 2009, the Masters was renamed the ATP World Tour Finals and received scheduled to be held at The O2 in London from 2009 to 2013. In 2012, the organizers prolonged the contract by two years as much as 2015. In 2015, the contract was prolonged once more for 3 years as much as 2018. In 2017 the occasion was renamed the ATP Finals and the contract with the O2 Enviornment was prolonged to 2020.
For a few years, the doubles occasion was held as a separate match the week after the singles competitors, however extra not too long ago they’ve been held collectively in the identical week and venue.
For many of its historical past, the occasion has been thought-about as an important indoor tennis match on the world tour (there have been just a few exceptions, when the occasion was organized open air: 1974 Melbourne & 2003–2004 Houston), permitting for managed circumstances of play, relating to each floor kind and illumination system.
The Nitto ATP Finals is the year-end climax to the ATP World Tour season. The occasion, which options solely the world’s greatest eight certified singles gamers and doubles groups, is contested in a round-robin format with the very best 4 gamers and doubles groups reaching the knockout semi-finals stage.