When tennis fans think of major tournaments, they typically consider the four Grand Slams; the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open. All the other professional events aren’t anywhere near as important, as reflected by prize money, prestige, and the level of excitement displayed by the players who win. But there is one tournament that does carry a similar weight of the majors, and is also unique among the bunch of ATP Tour events. I am speaking about the ATP World Tour Finals.
Held in London each November, the ATP World Tour Finals in an exclusive tournament reserved for just the top 8 players in the men’s singles event. Therefore, there are no magical runs by underdogs or grueling 2-week schedules that leave the players exhausted. This competition is merely the best taking each other on and deciding who is chief amongst the top pros. This makes qualification a very tough task, especially in the final weeks leading up to it.
The other thing that makes the ATP World Tour Finals special is the fact that it is the last big Men’s tournament of the year. With the Australian Open several months away, the winner of this competition will have the final say of the year. Every athlete wants to finish the year on top and this will let them head into the holidays full of confidence and fulfilled achievement. The 7 losers will have to wait until the New Year before asserting themselves in Australia.
But that’s what makes tennis tournaments so fun! Only one player can win it all, and the players always play to the highest of levels. While not quite as important as a Grand Slam, the ATP World Tour Finals is still one of the biggest events of the year and is an absolute thrill to watch. This is tennis played at the highest level!
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