ATP Finals: the health protocol

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ATP Finals: the health protocol

The ATP Finals 2020, at the O2 Arena in London, are almost upon us. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev and Diego Schwartzman will be the eight players who will compete in the Masters tournament, the last ATP Tour event of the year.

The Serbian and the Spaniard will certainly enter the field as favorites, especially considering their experience. Nadal will try to win this tournament for the first time in his career. The Majorcan has often arrived in less than optimal conditions at this appointment, but given the long suspension that hit the ATP Tour due to the Covid-19 pandemic, things will be different in 2020.

Djokovic, on the other hand, will try to match the six successes obtained in the Finals by Roger Federer, the great absentee of this edition. Finally, there will be two new faces: Rublev and Schwartzman have in fact taken off their pass for London for the first time and will try to amaze all fans.

The strict protocol established by the organizers of the ATP Finals

To ensure the safety of all those involved in the competition, the organizers of the Finals have established a very strict protocol that will be strictly followed by the players.

First of all, to engage fewer personnel and thus reduce the chances of contagion, there will be no line judges: we will rely on technology. Athletes will be accompanied to London by only three people and must reach the hotel chosen by the management by Thursday morning, the deadline for passing the PCR test.

Before the result, no one will have to leave their hotel room. Once the test is passed, no more will be done unless a person has symptoms of Coronavirus. The InterContinental will be the hotel hosting the players and part of the bubble built by the organizers.

If a tennis player or a member of his team is caught out of the bubble, the player will pay the direct consequences with the disqualification. The tournament will start on Sunday November 15th with the first Round Robin matches.

Last season Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Dominic Thiem in three sets, with the final score of 6(6)–7, 6–2, 7–6(4), achieving the most important title of his young career till now. As we well now, there will not be Roger Federer in this edition; the Swiss Meatro, out for the double knee surgery, will come back on the court for the upcoming Australian Open 2021.