BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS 2012
Tsonga, Tipsarevic Clinch Final Two Berths At Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic will complete the singles field at the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 5-12 November. The Frenchman and the Serb’s places at the season-ending showdown were confirmed following results at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris on Thursday, where they both advanced to the quarter-finals.
Tsonga and Tipsarevic join Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro in the singles line-up, as the world’s best players battle for the last title of the season at The O2.
Tsonga has captured two ATP World Tour titles in 2012, at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha and at the Moselle Open in Metz. The current ATP World No. 7 will be making his third career appearance at the season finale.
“It’s really important for me to have qualified. With the big four at the moment, it’s not easy to get rewards in tennis, so for me this is one of my rewards. It feels good to be a part of it,” said the Frenchman. “I have some great memories from last year where I played the final against Roger. It was huge for me, one of the big moments of my career.”
Tipsarevic returns to The O2 for a second consecutive year, having appeared as an alternate in 2011 following Murray’s withdrawal due to injury. The Serb picked up his third career ATP World Tour title this year at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart.
“The [Barclays ATP] World Tour Finals last year was one of my best experiences ever on the tennis court,” said Tipsarevic. “I was always dreaming of playing the world tour finals and I’m excited to be back there.”
Brad Drewett, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: “We’re delighted that both Jo and Janko have qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and will return to The O2 for a second consecutive year. They have both performed at the highest level throughout the season to earn their place at our season-ending event. They complete an incredibly strong singles field this year and the tournament once again looks set to provide a thrilling finish to the season.”
In doubles, Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer also booked their spot at the season finale by advancing to the quarter-finals in Paris on Thursday. The winner of Friday’s quarter-final in Paris between Mahesh Bhupathi/Rohan Bopanna and Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski will clinch the last remaining doubles berth.
With tickets still available for the season finale, don’t miss your chance to witness the world’s top eight singles players and doubles teams competing in the world’s biggest indoor tennis tournament. For more information, visit: www.BarclaysATPWorldTourFinals.com.