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ATP World Tour Finals 2010

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Like last year, I was lucky enough to grab some tickets for the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 in London. The top eight players in the world pitted against each other in a round robin format, and on a chilly Sunday evening I schlecked my way down the country to be one of the 17500 to fill the stadium to the gills. Any day is a special day at the ATP World Tour Finals, but my specific tickets were for the very first Sunday evening session. That afternoon, Andy Murray had kick-started British confidence by beating tricky Robin Soderling in straight sets, so the O2 was humming with the idea of a Federer/Murray clash later on in the week.

But there was still the evening session to attend, and I had a pressing engagement to attend to; finding where either Roger Federer or David Ferrer would be playing, and get right up against the fence to take 100+ photos. Unfortunately, the players remained elusive. Instead of just the one practice court, the O2 had installed a ‘Fan Zone’, where two more practice courts were set up with a stand of seats for spectators. Neither Federer nor Ferrer made an appearance, I am sad to say, and I expended a lot of energy running from the original practice court to the brand new ones, camera clutched in my hands, praying my luck from last year would reach onto this year.

It wasn’t to be. Although that may be a good thing; if I went weak at the knees at seeing Novak Djokovic up close last year, then I would probably have to be stretchered out of the more »