ATP: Intention is to end year with ATP Finals in London even with reduced or no fans



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ATP: Intention is to end year with ATP Finals in London even with reduced or no fans

The season-ending ATP Finals will be held in London at the O2 Arena, even with limited or no spectators, according to The Daily Mail.

ATP Tour on the season-ending finals in London

This is the last year that the ATP Tour Finals are scheduled to be held in London, completing a 11-year tenure at the O2 Arena.

The event will move to Turin in 2021." An ATP spokesman told the Daily Mail: “Our intention remains for the season to finish with the ATP Finals in London, including the scenario of the event being held with reduced or no fans.

We are working on the final section of the provisional 2020 calendar and expect a further update by the end of July”. Wimbledon has already been cancelled this year, for the first time since World War II due to the global pandemic.

The resumption of the circuit will also depend on the guidelines being allowed by the UK government. The ATP Finals is the second highest tier of annual men's tennis tournament after the four Grand Slam tournaments. The ATP Finals are the season-ending championships of the ATP Tour and features the top eight singles players and doubles teams of the ATP Rankings.

The tournament was first held in 1970, although it has changed several names over the years. Roger Federer holds the record for the most singles titles with six wins at the event, while Peter Fleming and John McEnroe hold the record for the most doubles titles with seven titles.

The ATP Tour has said it is looking to resume the tennis tour in early August with events in the United States, although it remains to be seen if the there are any changes due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the United States.

The clay court swing is also scheduled to be held after the US Open, starting mid-September with events in Madrid, Rome and the French Open in Paris. Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas won the men's singles event in 2019 while French duo Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut won the men's doubles event last year.

The 2019 ATP Finals took place from 10 to 17 November and was the 50th edition of the tournament (45th in doubles). The event takes place on indoor hard courts. The eight players who qualify for the event are split into two groups of four.

The two players with the best results in each group progressed to the semifinals, where the winners of a group faced the runners-up of the other group.