ATP Finals WILL continue in London’s O2 Arena in November, even if fans can’t come because tennis bosses are drafting the revised 2020 season calendar
- The annual ATP Finals at the O2 Arena are still in the offing to continue in November
- The London event is expected to be part of a revised calendar for the rest of 2020
- Maintaining the prestigious end of the season is a priority for ATP Tour bosses
The ATP finals are still lining up in the O2 arena to continue through November – although they could be spectatorless.
The showpiece of London is currently slated as part of a further revised calendar for the rest of the tennis season expected to be released in the next two weeks.
Hosting the event is a priority for tour bosses, who hope it is still possible to have at least some of the more than 250,000 audience who flock to the east side of London every year to see the eight best male players of the year in action .
The ATP Finals in the O2 Arena are still lining up to continue in November – even without fans
“We still intend the season to end with the Nitto ATP Finals in London, including the potential scenario that the event will be held with fewer or no fans on site in accordance with UK government guidelines,” said an ATP spokesperson. Sports email.
“We are working on the last part of the provisional calendar for 2020 and expect a further update at the end of July.”
With a large global TV audience and a large number of sponsors, the calculation is that the event could still take place behind closed doors, which would be one last time in London before moving to Turin next year.
A major success since it first came to the UK in 2009, the finale is a major source of income for the tour.
ATP bosses will set a revised calendar for the rest of 2020 over the next two weeks
The planned opening date of November 15 means that it is still four months away, unlike the official restart hoped for in August.
A conference call hosted by the ATP Tour on Monday discussed some of the issues facing upcoming tournaments in America that remain at the mercy of coronavirus developments and government decisions.
The particular difficulty revolves around entry and quarantine considerations, both for players entering the United States and then returning to Europe.
Many different jurisdictions are involved, all subject to policies that are constantly updated. For example, ATP tournaments are planned in Austria, Spain and Italy prior to the French Open in late September.
The preliminary field for the Washington DC Citi Open in mid-August has come out and looks strong, although Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are not among the names. They have both hinted that they may only join the Madrid Open.
What makes the schedule even more complicated is whether all sporting events in China will be banned for the rest of the year, especially the WTA Tour.
Because players like to make plans, there is pressure on the new setup sooner than later.