Organisers pressing ahead with 2020 ATP Finals preparations despite latest England lockdown

Shahida Jacobs
ATP Finals at London's O2 Arena

The 2020 ATP Finals will go ahead as planned at London’s O2 Arena despite the UK Government’s decision to impose a second lockdown for England.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed a four-week lockdown for England over the weekend to prevent a “medical and moral disaster” for the NHS following a sharp increase in coronavirus infections over the past few weeks.

The season-ending ATP Finals, which features the world’s top eight singles players and top eight doubles teams of the year, is scheduled to take place from November 15-22.

Organisers, who had already announced that this year’s tournament will be played without fans due to Covid-19, insists plans for the event are still on track.

“We will continue to work with all relevant authorities, both at a national and local level, to ensure that all necessary measures are put in place to ensure the safety of all those involved in the tournament,” the ATP said in a statement.

This year’s tournament will be the final one played in London before it moves to Turin in Italy for the next five years.

Only one more place is up for grabs in the singles after Andrey Rublev became the seventh player to qualify for the event after winning the Vienna Open on Sunday.

World No 1 Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zvereve, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev the other players assured of their berths.

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