Nitto ATP Finals 2019: Nadal, Djokovic and Federer coming to London
The Nitto ATP Finals hit the indoor courts at London’s O2 Arena from 10 to 17 November 2019.
The tournament is the season-ending championship for the highest-ranking singles players and doubles teams in men’s professional tennis, and the second-highest tier in the sport after the four Grand Slam competitions — including the recently wrapped US Open 2019.
Now, eight of the biggest stars and eight of the best doubles teams in men’s tennis are coming to the Capital. Among them are Rafael Nadal, who just beat out underdog Daniil Medvedev to win his 19th major title at the US Open in New York City; he is now just one top prize away from Roger Federer’s record of 20.
It was a nail-biter for Nadal at Flushing Meadows, with the Spaniard coming in strong at the end of his match against Medvedev — 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4. A video showing the champion’s wins over this career was played before he received the US Open trophy, which reduced him to tears.
"The emotions sometimes are impossible to control and I tried to resist but it was difficult,” Nadal told CNN. "All those people supporting [...] these things make this day unforgettable for me."
Nadal is now top of the pack heading into the ATP Finals, joined by Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Daniil Medvedev in the current qualifying players. With Andy Murray unlikely to be make the cut, it’s looking increasingly like there won’t be any British pros battling it out for the last singles title of the year. To get on the court at The O2 in London, players must earn ATP Rankings points over the course of the season.
While it was practically certain that the Big Three —Nadal, Federer and Djokovic— would make it to the ATP Finals, Medvedev was the wild ace. It surprised many tennis fans, and even the 23-year-old Russian tennis prodigy himself.
Medvedev is quoted by Fox Sports as saying, “It’s amazing. As I say, before the US Open Series I thought I was not going to qualify.”
He continues, “I always had the thought in my mind: I need to focus on the next tournament, maybe I can qualify for London, maybe I can be there at the end of the year. And now, just in four weeks with the results I’ve had, I’m officially there and nothing can be changed.”
Amongst the doubles teams, Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah were the first to qualify in August. They are returning for their second time playing at the Nitto ATP Finals. Last year, they reached the semi-finals.
"It’s always nice to qualify to The O2 so early into the year," Farah tells the ATP Tour. "It means that we’ve done really well and that shows all the work we’ve put in. It’s a very good feeling."
The tournament has been held in London since 2009 and will be moving to Turin, Italy, in 2021 — making this the second-to-last time you can be there while the championship is here. Click the link below to serve up some Nitto ATP Finals 2019 tickets or keep reading for everything you need to know before you go.
Be there: Nitto ATP Finals 2019
- Location: London, UK
- Venue: The O2 Arena
- Attendance: 243,819 (2018)
- Prize purse: £7.28 million ($9 million)
- Defending champions: Alexander Zverev of (singles); Mike Bryan and Jack Sock of the US (doubles)
Who are the favourites to win the Nitto ATP Finals?
Having won the French Open and the US Open in 2019, Rafael Nadal is likely the favourite going into the Nitto ATP Finals. That said, Novak Djokovic took the top prizes at Wimbledon and the Australian Open earlier this year — and both will likely have to face the competition’s current champion Alexander Zverev, though he has yet to qualify.
Switzerland’s Roger Federer is ranked third coming into the tournament, though his surprise loss to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov at the US Open has thrown his position into question. That said, this will be his (record-extending) 17th time qualifying for the ATP Finals so precedence is on his side — and he will be warming up at the Laver Cup and the Rolex Shanghai Masters ahead of the season-ending tournament at London’s O2 Arena.
On the doubles side, Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah have won two Grand Slam titles in 2019 —Wimbledon and the US Open— positioning them well to take the top prize at the Nitto ATP Finals. That said, it’s still anyone’s game.
What is the format?
The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) organises the tournament, with the eight qualifying players and doubles teams split into two groups of four who compete in a round-robin format. Each participant or pair plays three matches as they vie to get into the knockout semi-finals, and then the subsequent finals.
How do I get to the O2 Arena?
The 2019 ATP Finals will be hosted at The O2 Arena in London from 10 to 17 November. The indoor stadium is accessible on the Tube via North Greenwich station, which is on the Jubilee Line (Zones 2 and 3).
North Greenwich station is also accessible by the London bus routes 108, 129, 132, 161, 188, 422, 472 and 486. Feeling adventurous? Take the Capital’s only cable car from the Royal Docks to Greenwich Peninsula, and then walk five minutes to the O2 Arena.
What is the women’s version of the ATP Finals?
The female equivalent of the Nitto ATP Finals is the WTA Finals, which will be held in Shenzhen, China, from 28 October to 3 November 2019. On the women’s side of the US Open, Bianca Andreescu defeated Serena Williams to win her (and Canada’s) first singles Grand Slam — making her a strong contender at the upcoming tournament.