The 2012 ATP Tour Finals in London men’s tennis championships are the fourteenth and final MAJOR tournament of the “BIG 14″ tournaments for the men’s professional tennis tour, with all ATP tournaments this year building to this showdown between the world’s best male players. In this post how the ATP ranking points, prize money are allocated and what the schedule of play is so YOU can follow, watch and/or attend this tournament.
The ATP Tour Finals have been held since 1970 and this year is the fourth year that it is being held at the O2 Arena in London on indoor hard courts. On Wednesday 7 November the ATP officially announced that London as the host city of the ATP Tour Finals has been extended to and including 2015.
In the first six days of this 8-day tournament each of the eight men will play against all three members of his group. To earn a place in the semi-finals a player needs to finish in the top two spots in his own group. On Day 7 the semi finals are held where the players who finish at No.1 in their group play the players who finishes No.2 in the other group.
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In no other tournament are you required to beat at least four if not five of the world’s Top 10 ranked players to win the title! In addition, no other tournament guarantees that there are 15 matches contested between two Top 10 players.
Last year Roger FEDERER (pictured above at the 2012 US Open), won the ATP Tour year-end Championship Final for a record sixth time (2003-04, 2006-07 and 2010-11). The 31-year-old Federer qualified for an eleventh straight year this year on July 9 by winning his first Grand Slam singles title since the 2010 Australian Open. The 1.85m Swiss won a record 17th Grand Slam singles title in 2012 with a record equalling seventh Wimbledon title along with 5 other singles titles in 2012, including three Masters 1000 titles.
The ATP ranking points and prize money (in US dollars) is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 1,500 points + $1,760,000 (if undefeated);
- The winner earns an additional 500 points for winning the final + $830,000;
- The two victorious semi finalists earn an additional 400 points + $410,000;
- A player earns 200 points for each round robin match victory + $130,000 per win;
- Any player who qualifies for London receives $130,000 but does not earn any points unless he wins at least one match; and
- Any player who is an alternate i.e. replaces an injured player receives $75,000 but does not earn any points unless he wins a match.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.
The schedule of play for the 2012 ATP Tour Finals singles event is:
- Monday 5 November: 2 Round Robin matches at 12 noon then 6pm;
- Tuesday 6 November: 2 Round Robin matches at 12 noon then 6pm;
- Wednesday 7 November: 2 Round Robin matches at 12 noon then 6pm;
- Thursday 8 November: 2 Round Robin matches at 12 noon then 6pm;
- Friday 9 November: 2 Round Robin matches at 12 noon then 6pm;
- Saturday 10 November: 2 Round Robin matches at 12 noon then 6pm;
- Sunday 11 November: 1st Semi Final at 12 noon then 2nd Semi at 6pm; and
- Monday 12 November: Men’s Singles Final at 8pm.
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