The Nitto ATP Tour Finals remains on the ATP revised calendar announced Friday and will be played for the last time since it made its debut at the O2 in London in 2009 – between the 15th to 22nd of November – in what will be the events 50th anniversary.
I would like to commend the tournaments for their continued commitment, flexibility and resourcefulness in finding solutions to operate under these challenging circumstances. Andrea Gaudenzi
Unfortunately the celebrations will be very low key behind closed doors as current government coronavirus safety measures remain in place but it is hoped that nearer the time, that might be lifted, even if only to allow a handful of spectators in to watch the top eight men and doubles teams in action for the last time before it all moves to Turin in 2021.
“ATP remains hopeful that later this year fans will be allowed to return into stadia in a socially distanced manner, following a series of pilot events being undertaken in the UK,” the ATP statement read.
Fans who have already bought tickets will receive full refunds. Should the ban be lifted, more tickets will be reissued.
The first three places for the November bash have been filled by Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Dominic Thiem who have already qualified.
With the Tour getting underway again on the 22nd of this month following the coronavirus inflicted suspension, the ATP have rejigged the calendar to take into consideration the cancellation of the Asian swing and more recently, Madrid.
The first event of the revised tour remains the Western & Southern Open in New York on the 24th of this month followed by the US Open at the same venue, Flushing Meadows, on the 31st.
The focus will then move to Europe where the Italian Open, Rome, takes over the Madrid slot following its cancellation, starting on September 14, the day after the US Open ends, and finish on Monday 21st when play starts in Hamburg.
The rescheduled French Open begins in Paris on Sept. 27 and will be followed by indoor events in St. Petersburg, Russia; Antwerp, Belgium; Moscow; Vienna; Paris; and Sofia, Bulgaria, before the ATP Finals.
Currently there is no place for the NextGen ATP finals, the flagship event for the top players aged 21 and under, in this provisional schedule.
“Tennis is starting to find its way back and, while we must first and foremost look after the health and safety of everyone involved, we are hopeful we will be able to retain these playing opportunities and produce a strong finish to the season,” ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said in a statement.
“I would like to commend the tournaments for their continued commitment, flexibility and resourcefulness in finding solutions to operate under these challenging circumstances.”
The ATP added that the provisional calendar remains subject to change and it would explore options for additional events to be added to it which includes issuing a limited number of single-year licences.