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The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour is the global elite men’s tennis circuit, comprising almost 70 tournaments played all over the world in a season that stretches from January to November. Livetennis.com provides daily coverage of ATP tennis including tips, match analysis, rankings, results, draw previews and breaking news.
ATP tennis returns on 22 August 2020 with the Western & Southern Open, a Masters 1000 Series event usually played in Cincinnati.
Upcoming ATP tournaments
|Dates||Event Name||Tournament Category||Location|
|22-28 August||Western & Southern Open||Masters 1000||Flushing Meadows, New York|
|31 August-13 September||US Open||Grand Slam||Flushing Meadows, New York|
|8-13 September||Generali Open||ATP 250||Kitzbuhel, Austria|
|14-21 September||Internazionali BNL d’Italia||Masters 1000||Rome, Italy|
|22-28 September||Hamburg European Open||ATP 500||Hamburg, Germany|
|28 September-11 October||French Open||Grand Slam||Roland Garros, Paris|
|12-18 October||St Petersburg Open||ATP 500||St Petersburg, Russia|
|19-25 October||European Open||ATP 250||Antwerp, Belgium|
|19-25 October||VTB Kremlin Cup||ATP 250||Moscow, Russia|
|26 October-1 November||Erste Bank Open||ATP 500||Vienna, Austria|
|2-8 November||Rolex Paris Masters||Masters 1000||Paris, France|
|9-15 November||Sofia Open||ATP 250||Sofia, Bulgharia|
|15-22 November||Nitto ATP Finals||YEC||London, UK|
ATP Tennis Live Streaming
Every single ATP World Tour tennis tournament is streamed live online and you can watch and bet on ATP matches live on your computer, mobile or tablet throughout the January-November season.
The biggest tournaments, like the Indian Wells Masters, will feature live streams from all courts while the smaller 250s might ‘only’ have two streamed courts but it still adds to up to an immense amount of ATP matches available to stream live online.
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These streams are safe, licensed, legal and very reliable, and the coverage of ATP tennis matches is extremely comprehensive. You can watch and bet on ATP tennis matches streamed live online when you sign in or register and deposit funds in your account.
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ATP Tournament Schedule
Men’s tennis, organized at its highest level by the ATP World Tour, has a longer and more demanding season than any other sport, with the tennis year beginning on the stroke of the calendar year in January and lasting all the way through to the ATP Finals in mid-November.
Nearly 70 different tournaments take place in locations around the world during this 11-month season, separated into different tiers. January sees the players return from their off-season for two weeks of tournaments in Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and India as they warm up for the Australian Open; then the tour splits into European indoor events and the ‘Golden Swing’ of clay-court tournaments in South America before reuniting for the two biggest Masters 1000 Series of the year at Indian Wells and Miami.
April-June brings the European clay-court season, highlighted by the prestigious Barcelona Open and Masters 1000 Series events in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome, before it comes to a climax at the French Open. Then it’s time for grass, with three weeks of pre-Wimbledon events including the Halle Open and Queen’s Club Championships before the third major of the year is played at the All England Club in the first two weeks of July.
After Wimbledon it’s on to the hard courts of the USA for the US Open Series, with the best players back in action for Masters 1000 Series events in Montreal/Toronto and Cincinnati before summer culminates in the US Open in late August-early September.
But just because the majors are over for the year doesn’t mean that ATP tennis follows suit – far from it. The focus turns to qualifying for the year-end championships, which feature the eight best players of the season, and the final stretch of the Race to London sees the best in men’s tennis battling out for the final spots in London over an Asian swing which takes in Tokyo, Beijing and the Shanghai Masters, and a European indoor run including big events in Basel, Vienna and the final Masters 1000 Series event of the year in Paris.
The eight best 21-and-under players earn their chance to compete at the Next Gen ATP Finals, while the elite eight head to London’s O2 Arena for a week of round-robin matches, with the fifth biggest title of the season – and sometimes the year-end world no. 1 ranking – on the line.
ATP Schedule 2020
The global health crisis has had a huge impact on the ATP Tour schedule, with all ATP tournaments suspended from mid-March and rankings frozen from 19 March.
All tournaments which were due to take place in the remainder of March, April, May, June and July were either cancelled or rescheduled for later in the season, including Wimbledon, which was cancelled for the first time since the Second World War.
ATP tournaments will resume on 22 August at the Western & Southern Open – relocated from Cincinnati to New York – and the US Open, which will be played behind closed doors.
A four-week European clay-court season will follow with a 250 tournament in Kitzbuhel, a Masters 1000 Series in Rome and a 500 in Hamburg, followed immediately by the French Open, which will take place from 27 September-11 October. Around 60% of spectator capacity is expected to be allowed.
A provisional calendar for the European indoor season has been released. October will see tournaments taking place in St Petersburg, Antwerp, Moscow and Vienna before the Rolex Paris Masters and Sofia Open bring the season to a close. The Nitto ATP Finals will be played behind closed doors at London’s O2 Arena from 15-22 November, with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem having already qualified for the season-ending championships.
The ATP have also announced a revised rankings system which will be in operation once tennis resumes: A player’s ATP Tour ranking will be based on their results from March 2019-December 2020, a 22-month period, to avoid penalising players who are unable or willing to play for the remainder of the 2020 season.
Since its inception in 1972, the ATP has categorized the tournaments that comprise it in various different ways as men’s tennis has grown ever more global, lucrative and popular, before settling on the current system in 2009.
ATP World Tour tournaments, of which there are almost 70 played over 11 months of the year all around the world, are organized into three main categories depending on the prize money and ranking points on offer: ATP Masters 100 Series events, 500 tournaments and 250s.
The four Grand Slams, while they feature the same cast of players and seed competitors according to ATP rankings (apart from Wimbledon, which adjusts ATP rankings for grass-court performance according to their own formula), are not technically part of the ATP World Tour but are owned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). However, the Grand Slams do award ATP ranking points (2,000 to the champion). The ITF is also responsible for Davis Cup and Olympic tennis. While these are not ATP World Tour events, they are included in the ATP calendar.
ATP Masters 1000 Series
The nine ATP Masters 1000 Series events are the highest tier of competition outside the four Grand Slams and the ATP Finals, and the most significant category of tournaments on the ATP World Tour calendar.
The nine Masters 1000 Series events are, in calendar order: the BNP Paribas Open/Indian Wells; Miami Open; Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters; Madrid Open; Internazionali BNL d’Italia/Rome Masters; Canada Masters/Rogers Cup; Western & Southern Open/Cincinnati Masters; Shanghai Rolex Masters and BNP Paribas Masters/Paris Masters.
Indian Wells, Miami, the Canada Masters, Cincinnati and Shanghai are all played on outdoor hard courts; Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome are played on outdoor clay, and Paris is played on indoor hard courts. There is no Masters 1000 Series event played on grass.
Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, Rome, the Rogers Cup and Cincinnati are all combined events featuring either a WTA Premier Mandatory event or WTA Premier-5 event played alongside the men’s Masters 1000 Series.
Offering 1,000 ranking points to the winner and 600 to the runner-up, the Masters 1000 Series events are mandatory for all players who qualify by virtue of rankings with severe sanctions levelled against players who fail to turn up without good medical reason (although this is a rare eventuality given that players design their schedules around these events!).
Players are excepted from mandatory Masters 1000 Series attendance if they have won over 600 matches, have been a pro in good standing for 12 years and are over 30.
Of the nine Masters 1000 Series events on the calendar, Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome, Montreal/Toronto, Cincinnati and Shanghai feature 56-player draws and Paris a 48-player draw. Indian Wells and Miami feature 96-player draws. In a 56-player or 48-player draw, the top 16 seeds receive byes into the second round. In a 96-player draw, the top 32 seeds receive byes into the second round.
Since the inception of the current Masters 1000 Series in 2009, these events have been dominated by the ‘Big Four’ of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Only a handful of other players have managed to claim Masters 1000 Series titles in this time, including Juan Martin del Potro, Stan Wawrinka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, Alexander Zverev, John Isner, Karen Khachanov, Dominic Thiem, Fabio Fognini and Daniil Medvedev.
This shows just how tough these events are to win – but with prize money of between €973,580 and $1,340,860 on offer to the champion, plus 1,000 ranking points, there’s all the incentive in the world to give it your all.
ATP 500 Tournaments
ATP 250 Tournaments
After the nine Masters 1000 Series and 13 500 events come the 250 events – so named because they offer 250 ranking points to the champion.
With 40 events played throughout the season falling into this category, every week of the ATP calendar which is not taken up by a Masters 100 Series, Grand Slam or Davis Cup weekend will see at least one 250 tournament played, with some weeks featuring as many as three tournaments played simultaneously in different locations. There are multiple 250 tournaments played on all surfaces, even grass.
The majority of 250 events feature 28-player draws, although a few offer 32- or even 48-player draws. Tournaments also offer byes for seeds into the second round or not depending to their position on the calendar.
The draw for a 250 tournament will typically feature a few top-20 players, often a top-10 player, but this varies wildly according to the time of the season. The Brisbane International, for example, a 250 held in the very first week of the year, is typically packed with top-10 players eager to warm up for the Australian Open, but a 250 held on European clay in July will struggle to attract anybody ranked inside the top 10 as top players rest after Wimbledon.
Smaller and with a much more intimate feel to them than the bigger events, 250 tournaments are nevertheless live streamed and still offer hefty allowances of price money and ranking points.
The ATP Finals and Next Gen ATP Finals fall into a category all of their own as they bring the season to a close, with the youngsters’ year-end championship acting as a warm-up to the main event, the last ATP World Tour tournament of the year.
First played in 2017, the Next Gen ATP Finals were set up to showcase the rising young talents in a game still dominated by ageing, over-30 stars. The seven 21-and-under players who have accumulated the most ranking points qualify for the Next Gen ATP Finals (unless they have successfully qualified for the ATP Finals) and are joined by an eighth 21-and-under player who is given a wildcard by the host country.
The Next Gen ATP Finals may be a recent addition to the calendar, but there has been an ATP Finals before there even was an ATP. Since 1970, a tournament has been held to mark the close of the season and it has evolved into its current form, the ATP Finals, the year-end championship in which eight players compete for the biggest prize in men’s tennis outside the four Grand Slams.
Traditionally played indoors as it comes at the end of the season in November, the ATP Finals has been played at London’s O2 Arena since 2009 and has come to be strongly associated with that venue.
Players qualify for the ATP Finals by accumulating points through winning matches and tournaments throughout the calendar year. Unlike the ATP rankings, which work on a 52-week basis, the Race to London – as the standings are known – begin in the first week of the new season in January and are updated each week as players accumulate points. With 2,000 points for winning a Grand Slam and 1,000 points for winning a Masters 1000 Series event, the champions of the biggest events of the season are almost guaranteed to feature at the ATP Finals.
At the season-ending championship, the eight players are divided into two groups of four who compete in round-robin matches for six days. The top two players in the group progress to the semi-finals.
With appearances fees of $203,000 for singles players and $1,000,000 for doubles teams, and 200 ranking points (almost as many as winning an entire 250) for each round-robin match win, the incentive to qualify among the elite eight is huge. Players can also earn as many as 1,500 ranking points for going undefeated in round-robin and winning the title.
Roger Federer has won a record six singles titles at the ATP Finals.
The ATP World Tour rankings are the objective system used to measure player performance in order to determine seedings and entry cut-offs for tournament.
It seems hard to believe now, but before the formation of the ATP, rankings were subjective and largely determined by national federations and tournament directors. In August 1973, shortly after the infamous Wimbledon boycott, the ATP announced it was introducing its new ranking system. Ilie Nastase of Romania was the first player to be ranked world no. 1 on 23 August 1973.
The ranking period is roughly 52 weeks (except for the ATP Finals and some Futures events). Essentially, a player will move up in the rankings if they equal or better their result from the corresponding week of the previous seasons, and down if they fail to do so.
The ATP rankings used a system of averaging players’ results for about the first 20 years of their existence but starting in 1990 moved to a system based on that of competitive downhill skiing, known as a ‘best of’ system.
Currently a player’s ranking points consist of his results from 18 tournaments (19 if including the ATP Finals):
• The four Grand Slams
• The eight mandatory Masters 1000 Series events (i.e. not including Monte Carlo)
• The previous ATP Finals (if applicable) until the Monday following the Paris Masters
• The player’s best six results from all other ATP World Tour events, plus Challengers, Futures and Davis Cup, from the past 52 weeks
To date, 26 players have achieved the world no. 1 singles ranking since the inception of the computer rankings in August 1973.
ATP Records & Stats
Most weeks at world no. 1:
Roger Federer currently holds the record for most weeks ranked world no. 1, having been in the top spot for 310 weeks.
Most consecutive weeks at world no. 1:
Roger Federer currently holds the record for most consecutive weeks ranked world no. 1, having spent 237 weeks in the top spot from February 2004 to August 2008.
Most points in a season:
Novak Djokovic’s total of 16,585 points in 2015 is the biggest in history (he won three Grand Slams, five Masters 1000 Series, the ATP Finals and a 500 title)
Most ATP singles titles won (overall)
Roger Federer has won the most ATP titles, with his total currently standing at 102, followed by Rafael Nadal with 84 and Novak Djokovic with 75.
Most ATP singles finals reached
Roger Federer has made the most ATP singles finals, with a total of 156, followed by Rafael Nadal on 121 and Novak Djokovic on 109.
Most ATP matches played
Jimmy Connors has played more ATP Tour matches than anybody else with his total currently standing at 1,556, followed by Roger Federer with 1,494.
Most ATP matches won
Jimmy Connors has won more ATP Tour matches than anybody else, with a total of 1,274 wins to his name, followed by Roger Federer with 1,494 and counting.
Most ATP matches won (active players)
Roger Federer leads active players in ATP matches won, followed by Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.
Most ATP Finals titles
Roger Federer has won the ATP Finals a record six times, with Pete Sampras and Novak Djokovic tied for second place with five each.
Most Masters 1000 Series titles
Rafael Nadal has won the most Masters 1000 Series titles with 35, followed closely by Novak Djokovic on 33 and Roger Federer on 28.
Most titles in a season
Novak Djokovic holds the record for most titles in a season, having won six in 2015. He is also tied for second best (five titles in 2011) with Rafael Nadal (five titles in 2013).
Most ATP 500 titles
Roger Federer holds the record for most 500 series events won with 23, followed by Rafael Nadal on 20 and Novak Djokovic and Pete Sampras tied with 12.
Most ATP 250 titles
Thomas Muster of Austria has won a record 26 ATP 250 titles, followed by Roger Federer on 24 and Lleyton Hewitt on 22.
John Isner d. Nicholas Mahut (R2, Wimbledon 2010) in 11 hours and five minutes.
Shortest completed match
Jarkko Nieminen d. Bernard Tomic (R1, Miami Masters 2014) in 28 minutes and 20 seconds.
Most aces (career)
Ivo Karlovic holds the record for most career aces with 13,455, followed by John Isner with 11,535 and Roger Federer with 11,136.
Most aces (match)
John Isner holds the record for most aces in a match, having served 113 against Nicolas Mahut in their 11-hour Wimbledon duel in 2010. Mahut is second with 103.
Youngest player to win an ATP title
Lleyton Hewitt was just 16 when he won his first title in Adelaide in 1998.
Oldest player to win an ATP title
This record is held jointly by three players currently active on the ATP Tour, each of whom won a title aged 37: Ivo Karlovic (Los Cabos, 2016), Roger Federer (Halle, 2019) and Feliciano Lopez (Queens Club, 2019).