BBC Sport tennis

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 16:52 GMT, Tuesday, 18 May 2010 17:52 UK

ATP makes changes for World Tour Finals at the O2

Andy Murray
Murray missed out on a semi-final place by the narrowest of margins last year

The season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London will undergo changes this year to clarify the qualification system and improve scheduling.

There was confusion during the event's London debut in November 2009 as both players and spectators waited to learn who had qualified from the group stage.

This time round, information about the latest round-robin standings will be displayed on the big screens.

Evening matches will begin at 8pm to ease the use of public transport.

That is 45 minutes earlier than in 2009, when many spectators had to leave before the end of the late match in order to catch the last tube train.

Nikolay Davydenko

Highlights - Davydenko beats Del Potro in O2 final

"It was a combination of factors which prompted us to change the start time," said ATP executive chairman and president Adam Helfant.

"We listened to feedback from the public, fans, players and media and thought it made sense to move it."

Last year's tournament was widely deemed a success as the world's top eight singles players and doubles teams contested the season finale, which previously took place in Shanghai.

The London tournament set an indoor tennis attendance record of 265,000 over eight days.

Aside from the transport issues, the other negative came at the end of the round-robin matches when Juan Martin del Potro was left on court for 15 minutes after beating Roger Federer to find out if he had qualified for the semi-finals.

Andy Murray, who was watching from elsewhere, posted on his Twitter page: "Anyone know what's going on?"

The event's managing director, Chris Kermode, does not expect a repeat when the tournament returns to London on 21-28 November.

606: DEBATE

"The information will be on screen now," Kermode explained. "There was bit of a misconception that last year we didn't know who the player was that got through.

"Actually we did know but there was a process to follow. The structure of how that decision is made has been changed now.

"What that situation showed was that we need to tell our story better to the fans who are in the arena in terms of how the round robin system works and the relevance of each match, which we will do this year."

Russia's Nikolay Davydenko won the title last year, beating Del Potro in the final.



Print Sponsor


see also
World Tour Finals photos
29 Nov 09 |  Tennis
Davydenko thrilled to join greats
29 Nov 09 |  Tennis
Davydenko takes World Tour title
29 Nov 09 |  Tennis
Murray suffers Tour Finals exit
27 Nov 09 |  Tennis
Del Potro win eliminates Murray
26 Nov 09 |  Tennis


related bbc links:

related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites