BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS 2012
1 Million Fans Flock To Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
by ATP Staff|
The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals today welcomed its 1 millionth fan through the doors of The O2 to watch the prestigious season finale. The attendance milestone was reached during the evening’s semi-final session, when a sold-out crowd of 17,800 people were on hand to watch Roger Federer and Andy Murray battle for a place in Monday’s final.
The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals moved to London in 2009. It was announced this week that the world’s largest indoor tennis tournament would remain at The O2 through 2015 and that Barclays had extended its title sponsorship through that period.
Brad Drewett, ATP Executive Chairman and President, said, "On behalf of the ATP, the players, and all of our event partners, I would like to thank the one million passionate tennis fans who have come through the gates at The O2 over the past four years to watch the best players in the world at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. We appreciate your incredible support and look forward to welcoming you back over the next three years."
Over the past 42 years, the tournament has been contested in 14 different world cities from Tokyo to New York to Lisbon to Sydney and most recently Shanghai, before moving to London. Many of the greatest names in the history of the sport have won this the prestigious title, including Vilas, Connors, McEnroe, Becker, Edberg, Agassi, Sampras, Federer and Djokovic.
Watched by more than 70 million viewers in 184 countries in 2011, the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is the culmination of the men’s professional tennis season, with players competing all season long for valuable South African Airways ATP Rankings points in a bid to earn one of the eight coveted berths and a chance to win the season finale.