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ATP World Tour Finals: 100 Days Countdown Begins

Pat Cash gets ready for the 100 days countdown to the ATP

Tennis fans can start ticking off the days until the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals hit London: as of this morning, there are just 100 days to go!

A quarter of a million fans will watch the world’s top 8 tennis players fight for the chance to be crowned ATP World Tour Champion at The O2 in London this November.

Players secure their places in that top 8 over the course of a year, picking up points from more than 60 tournaments, including the four Grand Slams. The eight singles players and doubles teams who finish with the most points at the end of the season compete in the season finale for a total prize of $5 million.

So, how are Andy Murray’s points looking?

The British favourite is close to joining all-time Grand Slam title-leader Roger Federer and reigning ATP World Tour Champion Rafael Nadal at the finals after his dramatic achievements at Wimbledon last month.

Artist's impression of The O2 during the tennisIn fact, Murray could become the highest-ranked Briton in the Open Era if he plays well at the Rogers Cup in Montreal this week.  He’ll get the points if he:

  1. reaches the semi-finals, and Nadal loses before the fourth round
  2. reaches the final, and Nadal loses in the semi-finals or earlier, or
  3. wins the fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title of his career

Other stars likely to be joining Murray at The O2 in November are

  1. Novak Djokovic, winner of last year’s event in Shanghai
  2. Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick
  3. last week’s Washington titlist Juan Martin del Potro

And if you’re excited about that news, what are the chances of getting a ticket like?

Well, out of a capacity of 250,000, only 20,000 tickets remain on sale to tennis fans across the group sessions.

Phil Anderton, Chairman of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, says: “The response from fans has been absolutely fantastic and is a reflection of the great appetite that exists for world-class tennis in the UK.

“With most sessions already sold out, there are only a few tickets remaining for the group sessions. We look forward to welcoming the world’s best players and the fans to what promises to be a spectacular sporting event.”

And we’re pretty excited too…