The tennis field for the 2011 ATP Tour Finals is now finalised. The ATP year-end Finals are being held in London, England at the O2 Arena on indoor hard courts for the 3rd straight year. The 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is the pinnacle of the tennis calendar because ALL tournaments for the entire year build up to this showdown between the world’s best players in 2011. YOU can watch the ATP Tour Finals tennis in Singapore on the Racquet Channel.
The ATP Tour Finals is an eight-day event beginning on Sunday 20 November through to Men’s Singles Final Day on Sunday 27 November. This year is the 42nd edition of this tournament as it began in in 1970. Only the Top 8 best performed players for the 2011 season qualify to play-off in this tournament. All 8 players are seeded according to their ATP rankings points total accumulated in 2011 into two round-robin groups. As soon as the draw for the groups is made they will be added right here on this tennis website.
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In order to qualify a player needs to finish ranked in the Top 7. The 8th spot is given to any Grand Slam singles champion during that year who finishes the season ranked in the Top 20. When all Grand Slam champions from that calendar year are ranked in the Top 7 then the 8th highest ranked player qualifies. The player who finishes the year with the No.1 ranking is crowned the 2011 ATP Tour World Champion during this tournament.
The Top 8 players who qualified for the ATP Tour Finals in ranking order are:
- Novak DJOKOVIC with 13,475 ATP points earned in 2011 – 24-year-old from Serbia
- Rafael NADAL with 9,375 ATP points – 25-year-old from Spain
- Andy MURRAY with 7,380 ATP points – 24-year-old from Scotland
- Roger FEDERER* with 6,270 ATP points – 30-year-old from Switzerland
- David FERRER with 4,480 ATP points – 29-year-old from Spain
- Jo-Wilfried TSONGA* with 3,535 ATP points – 26-year-old from France
- Tomas BERDYCH with 3,300 ATP points – 26-year-old from the Czech Republic
- Mardy FISH with 2,965 ATP points – 29-year-old from the USA
Janko TIPSAREVIC of Serbia is the No.9 player with 2,395 points won in 2010. The 27-year-old Tipsarevic is the first alternate in case one of the Top 8 players withdraws with an injury between now and at any point before or during the tournament. The 26-year-old Nicolas ALMAGRO of Spain is the No.10 player after finishing with 2,380 points and is the 2nd alternate for London.
Rafael NADAL is pictured above JUST before making contact with the ball with his double-handed backhand at the 2011 Japan Open. The 25-year-old Nadal achieved his best result in the ATP Tour Finals last year by being the runner-up after snatching a superb semi final victory from Andy Murray. In 2010 the 1.88m left-hander won 3 of the 4 Grand Slam singles titles and this year he won his 6th Roland Garros title and was runner-up to Djokovic at both Wimbledon and the US Open.
Maybe this year Nadal will return the favour (like Federer did last year) and defeat the player who won 3 out 4 Grand Slams that year at the ATP Finals. Nadal is a 10-time Grand Slam singles champion and holds the ATP record since 1990, for the most ATP Tour Masters 1000 singles titles won.
Nadal is only the second male player to win a Career Golden Slam (he won the singles gold medal in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing) and was the 24th player to earn the ATP No.1 ranking since 1972. Nadal first achieved the World No.1 ranking on 18 August 2008 and has spent 102 weeks ranked at No.1 in his career thus far.
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