Final match at ATP Finals rescheduled to avoid clashing with 2022 World Cup opener

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The start of the singles showpiece match at the 2022 ATP Finals has been pushed back to make sure it does not clash with the opening match of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The final of the season-ending ending tournament was initially due to start at 17:00 CET (16:00 UK time) on November 20 in Turin, Italy, but it would have coincided with Qatar’s match against Ecuador at the World Cup.

As a result, the ATP Finals encounter will now start at 19:00 CET (18:00 UK time) while the doubles final will get underway at 16:00 CET (15:00 CET).

A statement from the ATP read: “ATP and FIT have announced a change to the match start times for the final session of the 2022 Nitto ATP Finals. The revised match schedule will see play on Sunday 20 November begin with the doubles final at 4 p.m. CET, followed by the singles final not before 7 p.m. CET (previously scheduled at 5 p.m. CET).

“The change has been made to avoid a direct clash between the singles final and the opening game of the FIFA World Cup, which was recently rescheduled to 5 p.m. CET on the same day. The revised schedule will maximise the global reach of the final match of the ATP Tour season for fans tuning in worldwide. All scheduling for the prior days of the tournament remains unaffected.”

The ATP Finals gets underway on November 13 at Pala Alpitour and five players have already secured their places in the singles draw.

World No 1 Carlos Alcaraz, reigning Australian Open and French Open champion Rafael Nadal, US Open runner-up Casper Ruud, 2019 ATP Finals winner Stefanos Tsitsipas and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic are the men who have secured their tickets to Northern Italy.

Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Taylor Fritz, Hubert Hurkacz, Cameron Norrie and Pablo Carreño Busta are in the hunt for the three remaining spots.

Four doubles teams have also qualified with Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski, Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury, Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer, and Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic already in the draw.

Alexander Zverev is the singles defending champion, but he won’t defend his title as he has been sidelined with an ankle injury since June while French pair Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut will also not feature in Turin as they are no longer a playing doubles together.

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