The highest ranking stars on the men's ATP Tour are heading to London this week in readiness for the season-ending Nitto ATP Tour Finals. The event, at the O2 Arena, pits the best eight players and eight best doubles pairs against each other with players qualifying based on points picked up during the season.
When is it on and what's the format?
The event starts on Monday, November 12 and runs until Monday, November 19 when the final will be played. Eight players are split into two groups with each player facing each other on a round robin basis. The top two in each group advance to the semi-finals which are a straight knockout and will pitch the winners of each group with the runners-up in the other group. The doubles tournament follows the same format.
Who will be taking part?
The top eight ranking players in the world with a resurgent Rafael Nadal top seed, followed by Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Marin Cilic. Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin and Jack Sock. In the doubles, the top seeds are Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo with last year's winners Henri Kontinen and John Peers the second seeds.
Who is missing?
There are some high-profile absentees this year, most notably last year's winner Andy Murray. The British number one hasn't played since Wimbledon in July and has decided to take a break from the game until the new year as he recovers from a hip injury. Novak Djokovic is also absent as he is sidelined by an elbow injury. Swiss star Stan Wawrinka qualified but dropped out injured and there are doubts surrounding Rafael Nadal. Should the Spaniard drop out, he would be replaced by the next highest ranking player not currently attending, his countryman Pablo Carreno Busta.
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