It’s been a strange year for tennis – the first without Wimbledon since World War II – but thankfully one London tennis tournament was still able to take place, with the ATP Finals going ahead to close out the season in style.
We know now that for the fifth consecutive year we’re set to have a brand new winner of the tournament, with US Open Champion Dominic Thiem taking on Russian world number 4 Daniil Medvedev in a mouth-watering final.
Both men were able to see off one of the most established stars of the sport in their semi-finals, claiming victory against Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal respectively in a pair of extremely tight matches to set up a final which is far too close to call.
As usual, the tournament has pitted the best talents and biggest names in men’s tennis against each other, with this year’s full line-up having consisted of Thiem, Djokovic, Nadal, Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Diego Schwartzmann, Stefanos Tsistsipas and Andrey Rublev.
Although crowds can’t watch the action court-side, RadioTimes.com has everything you need to know about how you can watch the best of the best battle from the comfort of your own home.
Read on for your complete guide to the ATP Finals.
When is the ATP Finals 2020?
The tournament starts on Sunday 15th November 2020 and runs until Sunday 22nd November 2020.
There is no change from the original date, although the tournament will look very different in an empty arena.
Where is the ATP Finals 2020 held?
The ATP Finals traditionally takes place at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Finals will be played behind closed doors.
In August, the ATP Tour said it would follow government guidance but added that it hoped “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”.
However, the UK government has since announced further restrictions in an effort to combat the pandemic that will take effect from 5th November.
2020 will be the last year of the tournament being held in London. From 2021, the tournament will move to Turin following a 12-year stint in the UK.
Who will play in ATP Finals 2020?
The top eight players in the ATP rankings will qualify for the tournament. So far, that top eight will be:
- Novak Djokovic
- Rafael Nadal
- Dominic Thiem
- Daniil Medvedev
- Stefanos Tsitsipas
- Alexander Zverev
- Andrey Rublev
- Diego Schwartzmann
Federer hasn’t played a top level match since the Australian Open in January and will not return for the ATP Finals.
ATP Finals schedule
The order of play for Saturday 21st November and Sunday 22nd November has been confirmed.
Saturday 21st November
Daniil Medvedev v Rafael Nadal – 8pm
Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin v Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury – 6pm
Sunday 22nd November
Dominic Thiem v TBC – 6pm