It’s that time of the year again, the single biggest non-Grand Slam tennis tournament is upon us. The ATP Finals is by far the most competitive event on the tour where the top-ranking players from around the world compete for the season-ending championship. Here’s all we currently know about the ATP Finals summarized.
Nitto ATP Finals Tennis Tournament
The ATP Tour Finals is an annual hardcourt indoor event set in Turin, Italy. It is the defacto season-ending tournament akin to a fifth Grand Slam event. The 8 top-ranked players and teams qualify for the Finals. This year will mark its 53rd edition and the venue is once again Pala Alpitour. The title sponsor Nitto is a Japanese material manufacturer.
A link to the official website for the tournament is linked below.
|Tour category||ATP Finals|
|Draw||8 Singles, 8 Doubles|
ATP Finals History and Previous Winners
The ATP Finals have been a part of the ATP Tour since 1970. Though it’s over 50 years of existence, the tournament has had many names and different venues all throughout the world, starting out as the Masters Grand Prix in Tokyo, Japan. Currently, the tournament is being held in Tiran, Italy, the product of a contract for 5 years from 2021-2025.
NITTO ATP Finals 2022 champions
ATP Finals 2022 Champions, Novak Djokovic becomes champion of ATP Finals after 7 years. He defeated 2 time grand slam runner-up this year Casper Ruud in finals. By winning the 2022 ATP Finals title, Undefeated Djokovic earned a record $4,740,300(champion prize money + undefeated cash bonus) , highest payday in singles.
In doubles Final, 2021 ATP Finals runner-up Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury crown the title against Croatian pair Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic. With title Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury claimed $930,300(including champion prize money and undefeated bonus), the highest payday in doubles prize money.
From its previous winners, Roger Federer holds the record for most titles at 6. 3 people, including Novak Djokovic, have 5 total Finals wins. Of the doubles champions, legendary American tennis players John McEnroe and Peter Fleming share the record for most wins at 7 each. The winners of the last 2021 ATP Finals couldn’t defend their titles due to his ankle injury. The event winners of the last 5 years are mentioned below.
|Year||Singles Champion||Doubles Champions|
|2022||Novak Djokovic||Rajeev Ram/ Joe Salisbury|
|2021||Alexander Zverev||Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut|
|2020||Daniil Medvedev||Wesley Koolhof/Nikola Mektić|
|2019||Stefanos Tsitsipas||Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut|
|2018||Alexander Zverev||Jack Sock/Mike Bryan|
|2017||Grigor Dimitrov||Henri Kontinen/John Peers|
ATP Finals Prize Money and Points
For this year’s ATP Finals, the prize fund sits at an impressive $14,750,00. The distribution of this money has been detailed below.
|Per R.R Win||200|
The points mentioned above are additive, so an undefeated champion could win a total of 1500 ranking points.
|Per R.R win||$383,300||$93,300|
Like the ranking points, the prize money is also additive. An undefeated champion could win $4,740,300. This value can be broken down into the data mentioned in the table above. The $4,470,400 consists of $320,000 from the participation fee, $1,149,900 for the 3 Round Robin wins (383,300 x 3), $1,070,000 for the semi-finals win, and lastly, $2,200,400 for the championship title.
ATP Finals Draws
The Nitto ATP Finals will have 8 singles and 8 doubles draws that will be announced after the tournament begins on the 13th.
ATP Finals Dates
The Finals will be held from the 13th through to the 20th of November. The Round Robin stage will occupy the first 6 days; 13-18 November.
ATP Finals Schedule and Format
|Dates||Singles Matches||Doubles Matches|
|13th November||Round Robin (2)||Round Robin (2)|
|14th November||Round Robin (2)||Round Robin (2)|
|15th November||Round Robin (2)||Round Robin (2)|
|16th November||Round Robin (2)||Round Robin (2)|
|17th November||Round Robin (2)||Round Robin (2)|
|18th November||Round Robin (2)||Round Robin (2)|
|19th November||Semi Finals||Semi Finals|
For first-time viewers the absence of the 1st and 2nd rounds can be rather challenging to understand. As there are only 8 players and 8 teams, conventional tournament progression would result in a rapid event, instead, a Round Robin is held with 2 matches every day. The Round Robin works off the basis of 2 equal groups, so for the Finals, the 8 players/teams are divided into 2 groups of 4 players/teams each. All parties in a group compete against each other, ie. player no.1 will go up against players no.2,3, and 4 from Group A. Group B will do the same and the top players from both groups will advance to the semi-finals.
The semifinalists are selected based on multiple criteria but, the main factor is the greatest number of wins. The first-placed player/team from one group will compete with the second-placed player/team from the other group and vice versa. In this way, the final can be played by people from the same or different groups.
To learn more about the format and qualification criteria, click on the mentioned link.
ATP Finals Players List
As always, the ATP Finals participants list only features the best of the best tennis players and this year is no different. Many are in anticipation of world no. 1 Carlos Alacaraz’s performance as his top ranking may be in danger. Rafael Nadal could still snatch the season-ending world no. 1 title in case of his victory. He isn’t the only member of the Big Three attending the event however, five-time champion Novak Djokovic will also be in attendance. Danil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, other previous ATP FInals champions will also be participating. Some big names in the doubles category include doubles no. 1 Rajeev Ram, Nick Kyrgios, Joe Salisbury, and more. The full players’ list has been added below.
|#||Singles Players||Doubles Players|
|1||Carlos Alcaraz||Wesley Koolhof/Neal Skupski|
|2||Rafael Nadal||Rajeev Ram/Joe Salisbury (2022 champions)|
|3||Stefanos Tsitsipas||Marcelo Arévalo/Jean-Julien Rojer|
|4||Casper Ruud (runner-up 2022)||Nikola Mektić/Mate Pavić (2022 runner- up)|
|5||Daniil Medvedev||Austin Krajicek/ Ivan Dodig|
|6||Felix Auger-Aliassime||Lloyd Glasspool/Harri Heliövaara|
|7||Andrey Rublev||Marcel Granollers/Horacio Zeballos|
|8||Novak Djokovic (champion 2022)||Thanasi Kokkinakis/Nick Kyrgios|
The would be 7th place doubles team of Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek has not yet been confirmed as of 5th November. Reigning champion Alexander Zverev will not be returning to defend his due to injury.
ATP Finals Tickets
Tickets for the Nitto ATP Finals can be purchased directly from the official website. Click the link below to visit the specific webpage.
For information regarding corporate accommodations, gift cards, and tickets, click the following link.