Nitto ATP Finals Guide for Tennis Fans: About the Tournament, How to Watch on TV, & More

The Nitto ATP Finals is one of the most important tennis tournaments of the year.

It’s a men’s only event for the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) that culminates a long year of competition featuring the top talent in the sport.

Below we’ll show you info about the ATP Finals including the prize money, ranking points, about the location, how to attend, and more.

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Table of Contents

ATP Finals 2020: COVID-19 Update
About the Nitto ATP Finals

How to Watch the ATP Finals On TV
How to Get Tickets to the ATP Finals Tournament
Where to Stay in London for the Nitto ATP Finals
Getting Around London
How to Make Your ATP Finals Experience Great


ATP Finals 2020: COVID-19 Update

The 2020 Nitto ATP Finals dates were November 15-22. It took place in London, but fans were not be allowed to attend, due to COVID-19.

We will update this page with any developments for the 2021 tournament.


About the Nitto ATP Finals

Nitto ATP Finals Tennis Tournament

The Nitto ATP Finals is a tournament that was founded 50 years ago in 1970. Since this year is the 50th anniversary of the event, it’s a big year for the ATP to showcase their best talent.

The tournament features the top 8 singles and doubles teams in the world based on the ATP rankings.

The tournament is called “Nitto” after the new sponsorship company that took over from Barclays, a banking company, in 2018. Nitto is a Japanese brand that manufactures materials for the transportation and electronics industries.

Where is the ATP Finals?

The Nitto ATP Finals was in London, England at the O2 Arena for the last time in 2020.

For 2021, the ATP Finals will be held in Turin, Italy in a brand new facility.

When is the Nitto ATP Finals?

The 2021 Nitto ATP Finals will take place from Sunday, November 14th through Sunday, November 21st.

The ATP Finals tournament takes place each year in November. It’s after all four Grand Slam tournaments and is considered the end of the “tennis season”.

Who are the Current ATP Finals Champions?

The champions of the 2020 Nitto ATP Finals are:

  • Men’s Singles: Daniil Medvedev of Russia 
  • Men’s Doubles: Nikola Mektic (Croatia) and Wesley Koolhof (Netherlands)

What Court Surface is the ATP Finals Played On?

The ATP Finals is played on an indoor hard court surface that the complex installs each year because the venue is not used for tennis year-round.

The courts are installed by a company called GreenSet, and it usually takes them about six days before the tournament to complete the court.

How the ATP Finals Format Works

The Nitto ATP Finals is different from other tournaments throughout the year.

  • There are 8 players or teams (for doubles).
  • Instead of a draw of 8, there are two pools of four.
  • Each player or team plays a match against everyone in their pool during round robin play.
  • The top two players from each pool are entered into a semifinal bracket. The top seed from pool A plays the 2nd seed from pool B and vice-versa.
  • This bracket is played out to crown a champion.

So you could lose a match in pool play, and still win the ATP Finals.

ATP Finals Prize Money & Ranking Points

The total prize money for the Nitto ATP Finals tournament in 2019 was $9 million dollars. 

Prize money for the ATP Finals is based on match wins. Here is the breakdown of points and prize money for singles and doubles.


SinglesDoublesPoints
An Undefeated Champion Gets a Total of:$2,871,000$533,0001500
Winning the Finals$1,354,000$204,000500
Winning a Semi-Final Match$657,000$106,000400
Winning a Match in Round-Robin Play (3 total matches)$215,000$40,000200

In total, the champion will play 5 matches, but they might lose one or even two matches in pool play.


How to Watch the ATP Finals On TV

In the US, you can watch all the ATP Finals matches live on TV or online, with the Tennis Channel or the Tennis Channel app.

ESPN 3 will also air the tournament live. Tennis TV allows you to stream the matches online as well.

Check the TV coverage for your region here.


How to Get Tickets to the ATP Finals Tournament

With that being said, you can normally buy tickets through AXS which is the official ticketing partner of the tournament. You can also purchase tickets from resellers like StubHub or Vivid Seats.

There is only one tennis court for the ATP Finals and it seats 20,000 people. If you want to be in the best section, aim for seats in the Lower Bowl. Otherwise, you’ll end up in the Upper Bowl sections, #1, #2, or #3.


Where to Stay for the Nitto ATP Finals

Note: The 2021 ATP finals will be in Turin, Italy. We will update this page soon.

There are many great places to stay in the bustling city of London in any price range. Here are some hotel options in two different price ranges.

High-End Hotel Options

For a couple of high-end hotel options, consider these hotels.

  • Intercontinental London-O2 – This is the closest hotel to the arena because it’s right outside the venue. As a five-star property that’s modern, it’s the height of luxury. 
  • Lansbury Heritage Hotel – another high-end, historic property, that’s been around since the 1600s. It’s a short 3 mile trip to the arena.

Budget-Friendly Hotel Options

For two budget-friendly options, try:

Airbnb

Another affordable option would be to go with an Airbnb. Many London residents rent out rooms in their homes or apartments during the tournament.

You can find some full apartments where you don’t have to share a space with anyone. This can allow you to cook meals in your own space, if it includes a kitchen or kitchen access to save you a little bit of money while you are visiting the city.


Getting Around London

Getting around London is very easy in this modern and busy city. If you aren’t within walking distance of the arena, you can easily take a taxi or Uber to get there. 

You can also use the bus system with stops at the North Greenwich station to get to the arena. There is also the famous London subway system, “the Underground” which is next to the North Greenwich bus station. 

The bus and subway are both affordable and easy to navigate throughout the London metro area.


How to Make Your ATP Finals Experience Great

Since there is only one court the ATP Finals are played on, it’s easy to see all the matches.

When to Arrive at the Tournament

You want to get there early if you are driving because parking and traffic can be difficult. Make sure you pre-purchase your parking passes in advance.

It’s helpful to get there early to make sure you get through security in a timely manner so you don’t miss any of the tennis matches. This isn’t like the US Open or French Open where you can watch non-stop tennis all day.

What to Bring With You

Only small bags are allowed into the arena. You can’t bring in any outside food or drink. This includes water bottles or refillable water bottles. If you have been shopping at the ICON Outlets located around the O2 Arena, you can check your purchases at the ICON Bag Drop. It’s a complimentary service that will allow you to pick up your bags after the day’s matches are over.

What to Expect Inside

The inside of the O2 Arena is going to be like a typical arena experience. There are food and drink vendors available, souvenir and gift shops, and a coat room at Entrance E to check your coat.

There aren’t any sit-down restaurants, but you can bring food from the vendors directly to your seats.

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About the Author

Will Boucek is the Founder & CEO of The Tennis Tribe. He has played tennis for over two decades, including in college. Will has worked with ATP & WTA tour players and coaches. He currently lives in Austin TX where he plays USTA leagues & tournaments, writes about tennis, and teaches doubles workshops.