Roger Federer is one of the stars who will be in action at the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals
Everything you need to know about the Nitto ATP Finals and how to enjoy the matches live in the UK.
The Nitto ATP Finals take place at London’s O2 Arena from 10-17 November and feature the eight best players in the world competing for one of the sport’s most prestigious titles.
Read on for everything you need to know about the 2019 ATP Finals including how to watch and live stream all the matches.
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer lead the elite eight-player field for the 2019 season-ending championship, with the winner receiving up to $2,712,000 in prize money and as many as 1,500 ranking points.
The ATP Finals features the eight best players of the season, divided into two groups of four. The players in each group compete in round-robin matches over the first six days of the tournament with the top two players in each group progressing to the semifinals.
Here is the draw for the 2019 ATP Finals:
Group Andre Agassi
(1) Rafael Nadal
(4) Daniil Medvedev
(6) Stefanos Tsitsipas
(7) Alexander Zverev
Group Bjorn Borg
(2) Novak Djokovic
(3) Roger Federer
(5) Dominic Thiem
(8) Matteo Berrettini
ATP Finals schedule
The Nitto ATP Finals begins on Sunday 10 November and finishes on Sunday 17 November.
For the first six days, the schedule consists of a day session starting at 12pm GMT and a night session starting at 6pm GMT. Each session consists of a doubles match followed by a singles match, with the singles match starting not before 2pm GMT in the day session and not before 8pm GMT for the night session.
How to watch and live stream the ATP Finals in the UK
Every one of the singles and doubles matches to be played at the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals will be broadcast live from the O2 Arena in London and there are a variety of ways to enjoy the matches live on your TV, computer, mobile or tablet.
Here are your options for live streaming ATP Finals matches in the UK.
Probably the simplest way to watch Nitto ATP Finals tennis live in the UK is to enjoy the BBC’s coverage, which will be on BBC2 and live on the BBC Sport website
every day of the tournament.
The BBC will only be broadcasting one match per day from the ATP Finals, however.
So you will be only able to watch the afternoon singles match at 2pm GMT each day, but not the doubles matches or the night session match. Similarly you will only be able to watch one of the semifinals.
This is a serious drawback with the BBC’s coverage of the ATP Finals.
Global marketplace Amazon are the newest entrant into tennis broadcasting, having started with the US Open in 2018 and taken on the majority of ATP Tour events in 2019 including the Nitto ATP Finals.
Customers with an Amazon Prime account will be able to watch full coverage of singles and doubles matches every day of the Nitto ATP Finals, with coverage presented by the core team of Catherine Whitaker, Daniela Hantuchova and Greg Rusedski.
Daily coverage will begin at 11.45am GMT for the day session and 6pm GMT for the night session during the round-robin, then 11.30am GMT on semifinal Saturday and 3pm GMT on Sunday for the singles and doubles finals.
Rather than being a TV channel, Amazon Prime Video
is a streaming service so some viewers might be unfamiliar with how to get it on their TV. You can access the streaming on your TV via smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV, blu-ray players, set-top boxes like TiVo and games consoles.
Access to Amazon Prime Video requires a subscription, however. Amazon offer a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime, which in addition to providing access to Amazon Prime Video also gets you free one-day delivery on many items and other benefits. After the free trial, however, the service costs £7.99 a month.
TennisTV is the ATP Tour’s official broadcasting service and will accordingly be streaming every match of the Nitto ATP Finals live and on-demand via tennistv.com
The great thing about TennisTV is that in addition to streaming all the ATP Finals matches live and having them readily available on demand (an aspect of the Amazon Prime service which is often confusing and hard to navigate), they offer access to a range of other features including an archive full of classic ATP Tour matches, and interviews and behind-the-scenes featurettes with the players.
TennisTV can be accessed via computer, mobile or tablet and is also available to watch on your TV via Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox One, PS4 and Android TV.
The disadvantage is that, like Amazon Prime, it is also a subscription service. A subscription costs £9.99 a month, but they are also offering a special ‘Finals Pass 2019
‘: A £6.99 subscription for your first month which allows you to watch ATP Finals matches live and on-demand replays.
If you want to watch ATP Finals matches but do not want to subscribe to a service, there is an alternative.
In the UK, there are several bookmakers which have obtained the rights to live stream tennis matches on their websites along with live odds and in-play betting.
Almost all of the major bookmakers stream some tennis matches, but most bookmakers offer a limited selection of matches, require you to have a bet placed on the match in order to watch it, or have some other disadvantage.
The exception is bet365
which has been a reliable solution for live-streaming tennis matches for years. Bet365 stream not just ATP and WTA matches, but Grand Slams, Challengers, Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Hopman Cup, Laver Cup and the ITF Tour. You are watching safe, licensed and legal streams, and opening an account with either bookmaker offers you by far the biggest range of tennis matches and tournaments to watch and bet on. Every single Nitto ATP Finals singles and doubles match will be streamed via bet365.
Most significantly there is no subscription required to access these streams. Nor are you required to gamble. You merely need to open an account with bet365
and deposit £5 or £10 into that account, which gives you unlimited access to ATP Finals and other tennis matches. This deposit can be withdrawn at any time and the account closed.
You can also enjoy bet365 live streams on your TV if you connect it to your laptop with an HDMI cable, or open the bet365 website via something equipped with a browser like a games console.
The drawback is that the screen is small. You can use your magnification tool to make it bigger but still not any bigger than about half your computer or mobile screen. This makes it easier and quicker to flick between matches than on any other service as well as facilitating in-play betting and live odds but it’s still not ideal. The streams are also often without commentary and may be missing some stats and graphics features. But it’s potentially the least expensive way to ensure access to all ATP Finals matches throughout the week, wherever you happen to be.