Players Gather At Tower Of London To Launch Nitto ATP Finals
The year’s best eight singles players and doubles teams came together Thursday night at the iconic Tower of London for the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals Official Launch, presented by Moët & Chandon. The Nitto ATP Finals, the season finale and biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world, runs 12-19 November at The O2 arena.
After posing for group photos in front of the White Tower, the singles and doubles groups competing at this year’s season finale, took the stage in front of VIP guests in the New Armouries building. Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, making his first appearance at the tournament, said during the Q&A: “I've had a great season so far. Everything comes together right now and it's great to share this feeling with all those players.”
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal was recognised for his achievement of clinching the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking for the fourth time in his career. The Spaniard will be presented the No. 1 trophy on court at The O2 arena at the conclusion of Sunday’s opening session of the Nitto ATP Finals. The No. 1 doubles team will be determined during next week’s season finale in London.
The night also celebrated the other winners of the 2017 ATP World Tour presented by Moët & Chandon, honouring the season's best players and tournaments. Roger Federer, Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan and Horia Tecau, who are all competing this coming week, were on hand to accept their trophies. Federer received three Awards – ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon, Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award and Comeback Player of the Year. The Bryans extended their reign as the doubles Fans’ Favourites, while Tecau was honoured with the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award.
#NextGenATP star Denis Shapovalov and Neville Godwin, Kevin Anderson’s coach of four years, sent video messages accepting their awards, respectively as Most Improved Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.
The ATP World Tour's best tournaments in their respective categories were also honoured, with the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (1000), the Abierto Mexicano Telcel (500) and the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha (250) announced as the 2017 tournaments of the year.