Top 5 Things To Look Forward To On The ATP Tour

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

Will Roger Federer finish the year as the No.1 player? (Photo credit: Getty Images)

It is always sad when the end of a fantastic tennis season is drawing to a close and despite the pleas for an improved calendar from the players on the ATP and WTA Tours, we are secretly and selfishly pleased that the calendar year is in some ways unforgiving, grueling and long to tantalize our tennis taste buds and keep our end of season withdrawal symptoms at bay for as long as possible.  Although the close of the 2012 season is rapidly approaching, there is still so much to look forward to before the lights dim, the curtain falls and the racket is reluctantly put down for another year. Here are the top 5 things we all have to look forward to from the ATP Tour:

The Final Masters

Shanghai and Paris Bercy are the final tournaments in the Masters 1000 Series, where the players will be clambering on top of each other to try and win the final two events in the Series on the indoor courts of Asia and Europe.  There is still a lot at stake in terms of year-end ranking and many of the top players will be hoping to snatch more ranking points in order to qualify for the World Tour Finals in London in November.  The exciting question is, who will it be to lift the title in the final two Masters tournaments and can anybody break the stranglehold dominance of the top 5 players on Tour? With Nadal and Ferrer out of action in Shanghai, you never know…

Year-end race to London

Without a shadow of a doubt, the year-end pinnacle tournament is the World Tour Finals in London, where the top four players in the rankings, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, have already qualified for their spot and are eagerly waiting to see which other players will succeed in booking their place in London. Other names hoping to qualify in the race for London are David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro, Tomas Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Nicolas Almagro, Richard Gasquet, Juan Mónaco and John Isner.  There are many other players hot on their heels vying for those precious ranking points in order to steal that coveted spot at the O2 Arena.  Here is the current breakdown of the players in the race to London:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Finals/2012.aspx 

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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