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According to ticketmaster pre-sale tickets are on sale tomorrow, has anyone had an email with their code to purchase tickets?
 

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Anyone going to the World Tour Finals??

Mods, move this to the relivant section if it is in the wrong place - apologies for that

So anyone going, I am thinking about it, I have never been, and suggestions etc?
 

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Re: Anyone going to the World Tour Finals??

Yeah, I'm going.

My suggestion is not to park at the O2.
 

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Re: Anyone going to the World Tour Finals??

I'm going too but I haven't been before.

Are there still tickets available? We booked them over a month ago and only the Monday and Wednesday sessions were not sold out.
 

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Re: Anyone going to the World Tour Finals??

Low quaility tennis, don't know who wanna watch it really. In last five years i can name 5 players playing there in good shape: Davydenko, Federer, Djokovic, Nalbandian, Ferrer. In London only Davydenko i Federer. For all other players it is like tennis exhibition at end of season
 

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Thousands...
 

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Re: Anyone going to the World Tour Finals??

Low quaility tennis, don't know who wanna watch it really. In last five years i can name 5 players playing there in good shape: Davydenko, Federer, Djokovic, Nalbandian, Ferrer. In London only Davydenko i Federer. For all other players it is like tennis exhibition at end of season
2010 had some good matches, Nadal-Murray was one of the most tense and exciting matches I've seen in the last few years. Really like the atmosphere at the WTF, and hope we get to see the top guys in good shape this year. I would definitely go if it's possible
 

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Re: Anyone going to the World Tour Finals??

Worst tennis experience of my life.

I'll be going to Loughborough for the challenger instead. It's better to see players actually fighting to win matches, giving it their all instead of these prima donnas at the O2 complaining that it's been a long season and they're tired.
 

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Re: Anyone going to the World Tour Finals??

I went last year and had a great time. The tennis may not have been to the highest quality but the atmosphere was brilliant and I would definitely go again
 

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Re: Anyone going to the World Tour Finals??

I've been to 5 sessions since 2009 and loved it every time. The atmosphere is amazing, you get a great view even from the cheapest seats, and the O2 itself is spectacular. Go.
 

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Re: Anyone going to the World Tour Finals??

I'm going too but I haven't been before.

Are there still tickets available? We booked them over a month ago and only the Monday and Wednesday sessions were not sold out.
They release more tickets periodically, I remember in 2010 on the Sunday they announced that Fed would play the following night's night session and I was able to buy tickets that day for it.
 

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Re: Anyone going to the World Tour Finals??

I just checked and there are plenty of tickets available for the first 9 sessions.

I've been to day and night sessions the last 3 years and will definately keep going each year as long as it stays in London. It's a great arena for Tennis with big crowds and the top players in the world.
 

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Re: Anyone going to the World Tour Finals??

Its really good. although I've been twice and lucked out with federer v djokovic 2010 and federer v nadal 2011. Not sure how id feel if i got fish v berdych. i have Friday night and Saturday night tickets this year.
 

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Low quaility tennis, don't know who wanna watch it really. In last five years i can name 5 players playing there in good shape: Davydenko, Federer, Djokovic, Nalbandian, Ferrer. In London only Davydenko i Federer. For all other players it is like tennis exhibition at end of season
sport has being debased by commercialism since year 1997
 

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Re: Anyone going to the World Tour Finals??

Low quaility tennis, don't know who wanna watch it really. In last five years i can name 5 players playing there in good shape: Davydenko, Federer, Djokovic, Nalbandian, Ferrer. In London only Davydenko i Federer. For all other players it is like tennis exhibition at end of season
Worst tennis experience of my life.

I'll be going to Loughborough for the challenger instead. It's better to see players actually fighting to win matches, giving it their all instead of these prima donnas at the O2 complaining that it's been a long season and they're tired.
Hence why they are known as "The World Toast Finals" by the tennis intelligentsia.
 

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Re: Anyone going to the World Tour Finals??

It's a fantastic experience - I thoroughly recommend it.

I went in 2010 and was fortunate to see a few matches - Ferrer vs Federer (round robin), Roddick vs Nadal (round robin), Federer vs Djokovic (SF - the last match Djokovic lost before going on his winning streak), Murray vs Nadal (semi final - one of the most tense 3 set matches I've seen) and Nadal vs Federer (final - Rafa had won the last 3 slams that year but Fed was firing on all cylinders, particularly his backhand).

As for tips:

1) Go early to beat the crowds and try and get a seat by one of the two smaller practice courts in the fun zones towards the back of the complex. It's amazing how close you can actually get (feel free to explore some of the other exhibitions in between matches too).

2) Hang around the main practice court before crowds gather as you won't be able to see much otherwise.

3) The doubles matches are scheduled before the singles, but try and see if you can pop into the main arena an hour or so before the doubles match starts (especially in the evening session) because the chances are that one of the top players might have booked it for practice. I did this and managed to see Roddick and Murray practice their serving. I also did this on the afternoon of the final and saw Federer warming up against Verdasco.

Tip: Move over by the corner where the players enter / exit and you may be lucky enough to get an autograph at the end of their practice session...I managed to get Fed to sign my ticket for the final.

4) A fair few former tennis legends are on site doing media commitments. If you see one just wandering about, pluck up the courage and have a quick chat! One lady was telling me how she just went up to Goran Ivanisevic and said how he was her favourite player and he gave her an autograph and went to get a coffee with her.

5) There are many outlets to have lunch at but be smart and get out of the arena quickly after play finishes in the day session or else you might have to wait ages to get food - and miss watching the players doing some fun stuff in between sessions.

6) Similar to the above, but in the evenings. Although they have brought forward the evening sessions a bit, a tense 3 set singles match can mean that there is an almighty rush to catch the last train. Don't hang about when the matches are finished (unless you are in a spot where you can try to get an autograph).

PS: Do go to the doubles matches as well - they really appreciate playing in front of larger crowds than they are used to, even though the arena is usually half empty for doubles matches. Anyway, your ticket price includes doubles, so why skip it?
 

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Re: Anyone going to the World Tour Finals??

I've been every year to london to watch the final. I saw Davydenko play his best and beat Delpo, Federer beat Nadal in a close 3 setter and then Federer against Tsonga last year which was the best atmosphere. Don't sit in the upper tier as you cant seen it well, lower tier or dont go i'd say. I am going lower tier to the final again this year.
 

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So how does the schedule work?

I've never really paid attention to the practicalities of the WTF before, but getting to the O2 has got rather easier for me in the last few years, and I was wondering about trying for one of the day sessions, if tickets are still available. Is there a specific pattern of matches, a mix of singles and doubles at all sessions, or what? I'm more than happy to watch doubles: they're often more interesting than singles. And what sort of time do the day sessions end? I might have to get somewhere else for the evening. (Sorry if this has been asked in previous years: please do point me to a suitable thread if there is one)

Oh, and any recommendations for what magnification binoculars you need for viewing from the nosebleed seats? :)
 

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You don't need any binoculars for nose bleed seats! As long as you have a good eye then they are fabulous!
 
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