To be held at the O2 Arena in London, like each year, the annual ATP Finals will be a closed-door event as the rise of coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom has been alarming. The Tennis association’s flagship Men’s event, to be held from November 15-22 have continued its preparations to be held at O2 without any spectators allowed since a month-long lockdown in England was announced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
According to Mr Johnson, the nation-wide lockdown will start on Thursday and last until December 2 as Britain surpassed one million coronavirus cases, with nearly 22,000 new ones recorded on October 30 alone.
Consequently, the 50th edition of the ATP Finals, which features the top eight men’s singles players and doubles teams, will continue as a closed-door event. The tournament will move its venue from England to Turin in Italy for the next five years, starting from the 2021 edition.
“We will continue to work with all relevant authorities, both at a national and local level, to ensure that all necessary measures are put in place to ensure the safety of all those involved in the tournament,” the ATP said in a statement.
Ranked World No.1 on ATP Novak Djokovic along with No.2 and 20-times Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will be among the players participating in the flagship event in London. Besides the top 2 ranked players, Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (No.5), U.S. Open winner Dominic Thiem (No. 3), Germany’s Alexander Zverev (No.7) and Russia’s Daniil Medvedev (No. 6) will be the other players to have booked their spot for the season-ending men’s event in the year 2020.