Tennis final with big money to leave the O2 Arena in London as battles in Turin to organize the ATP Tour World Finals
- England is expected to lose one of the most visited sporting events after 2020
- ATP Tour World Finals are ready to leave the O2 Arena in London after more than a decade
- Turin and Tokyo will take over the head of the battle from 2021
- ATP is said to have received financial guarantees from the Italian Federation
Britain loses one of its best-attended sporting events with the November ATP Tour World Finals expected to leave London.
Turin is the unlikely favorite to take over the best eight male singles and double teams of the season, with an announcement expected this month.
The O2 Arena has been a hugely successful host to the event since 2009, with annual crowds of around 250,000 over the course of the week, making it comfortably among the top 10 largest crowds in the country.
The ATP Tour World Finals are expected to leave London or Turin or Tokyo in 2021
The struggle to organize the New Year's Final from 2021 is the result of a competition between Turin and Tokyo, in which the Italian took the lead despite fear of the country's economic situation.
Although Italy's best player, Fabio Fognini, is just an outdoor bet to ever conquer the field, it has several things to his advantage. The tour ends in November each year with events in Europe – the Paris Masters is the last regular stop – and Turin would avoid a long-haul flight for the players to the Far East.
The ATP would also have received financial guarantees from the Italian federation, supported by municipal funding, of approximately € 75 million (£ 65 million) over five years. The Pala Alpitour of the alpine city would be the new location with a capacity of around 15,000.
The O2 Arena has benefited from the Big Four era, but Andy Murray's future participation seems unlikely, although he has posted a video of himself playing golf this week and strolling comfortably through his hip.
Novak Djokovic (right) congratulates Alexander Zverev with his victory in the final of last year
Historically, the New Year's finals have always been round and the stay in London – still guaranteed for two years – was longer than expected.
In the meantime, the Brit No 2 Cameron Norrie revealed in Monte Carlo that he only arrived from Houston on Friday evening to win a good victory in his debut in this event, beating Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-3 .
Novak Djokovic got a code violation for breaking his racket en route to a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win against German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Then the Serbian was asked for a far-fetched recent suggestion from fellow countryman Janko Tipsarevic that the Grand Slams might one day move from their current locations.
& # 39; Anything in life is possible & # 39 ;, Djokovic ventured before adding: & # 39; They are more than 120-plus years old, and we must of course respect history and tradition and everything. & # 39;
Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the big names who attended the event in London last year