ATP World Tour 500 And The Players Who Have Set The Record

by on April 16, 2015
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ATP World Tour 500

ATP World Tour 500 series is the third most significant tier of men’s tennis tournament behind four Grand Slam tournaments, and the ATP World Tour Masters 1000. ATP World Tour 500 is also known as ATP International Series Gold and the Championship series. Within the series there are total of 13 tournaments with different draws of 32, 48 and 56 singles and 16 and 24 for doubles. Total ranking point is 500 that champion of single tournament should achieve. All leading players should have played at least four 500 tournaments out of which any one should be after the US Open tournament. The score of the player will be zero if he could not play total four or failed to play in one after the US Open.

Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal stands as the topmost record holder with highest number of the record for most number of singles with single titles of 15 and in doubles the record is held by Nenad Zimonjic holding 12 trophies in all. Juan Martin del Potro, Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker won the maximum trophies in a calendar year totalling with four.

Rafael Nadal

Nadal is the shining star in the Tennis world and currently ranked at number 3 in the World. He has got the honour of the finest clay court player ever and is popularly called, “The King of Clay”. Nadal is superb in all court and this is the sole reason why he is being considered as one of the best all rounder, tennis world has come. His fans regard him as the best player of all time. In his career until now this Spanish star has won total of 14 Grand Slams titles, clinching gold medal in Olympic 2008 in singles. He also holds record of 27 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and a record 15 ATP World Tour 500 Tournaments. Nadal reached the peak of his performance in 2010 when he became the seventh player in history and youngest amongst the four players in the Open Era to win career Grand Slam.

Additionally he is the only second one after legend Andre Agassi to race through the single Career Golden Slam. He also got Laureus World Sportsman of the year in 2011.

Nenad Zimonjic

This Serbian player was ranked as number one in 2008 doubles and at present holds the seventh spot in the World.  Zimonjic is the only player from Serbia after Slobodan Živojinović to hold the number one title in the World. Zimonjic is remembered for his two best performance till date when in 2004 he scored win over none other than Andre Agassi in St Polten followed by win over Nicolas Kiefer in 2005 on the grass of Halle. What makes it more exciting and worth is that both were first round victories. In his career Zimonjic has played as member of Serbia Davis team, after being member of Yugoslavia Davis Cup team and Serbia and Montenegro Davis Cup team. As a member of Serbian player he has played both singles and doubles and in the year he also played in the capacity of captain of the national team.

ATP World Tour Final

by on April 16, 2015
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ATP Tour Finals

ATP World Tour Final or Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is a tournament held for the professional men tennis players every year in the month of November at the O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom. This tournament is generally the last in the series of Association of Tennis professionals World Tour and top eight single players face each other in this series along with the double teams of the ATP rankings. Started in 1970, this tournament is highly popular amongst the all tennis fans and tennis playing Nations.  In singles reigning champion is Novak Djokovic and doubles trophy is defended by Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.

This tournament differs from other series in a way that this is not a direct knock-out and instead eight players are divided into two groups of four and compete against the players of other groups, playing three round robin matches. Till date not a single player has got play semi-finals after losing more than one round-robin match. As of now the tournament is held in the general format of creating groups of four players and advancing into the semi finals and final. However, few years have been exceptions when this tournament walked over with surprising decisions. For instance in 1970-71, the winner was decided by taking out the best performed player after robin round with no semi finals and finals. In the years 1982, 1983 and 1984 there was 12 players knock out tournament without any round robin matches. Similarly in 1985, 16 player knock out was held with no round robin match. In this tournament, winners are given maximum 1500 rankings points, with each round-robin loss, 200 points are deducted from that amount.

 Roger Federer is one player that holds most number of records in single tournament with total of six. Generally the tournament is named after the sponsors of the tour but from 1990-2008 competition was non-sponsored. However, IBM sponsored the singles portion of the events. Barclays PLC started sponsoring the tournament in 2009. In 2009 the tournament was renamed to the ATP World Tour Finals and is played in London from 2009 to 2013. After 2012, organisers took extension of another two years up to 2015. Previously double and single tournaments were organised separately, but now they are held together running in the same week and also at the same location.

ATP World Tour is considered as one of the most important indoor tennis tournaments on the World tournament. But here also there are few exceptions when this event has been organized outdoor as well during 1974 Melbourne & 2003-2004 after modifying the conditions of play and keeping it in control on the ground as well as illumination system. Here is the price list of top 5 players and their prize money:-

Rank   Player                         YTD               Singles                        Doubles          Career

  1. David Ferrer                          $195,000         $195,000         $0                    $24,928,109
  2. Berdych, Tomas                     $102,675         $102,675         $0                    $20,152,143
  1. Vesely, Jiri                              $92,595           $91,530           $1,065             $797,125
  2. Troicki, Viktor                       $80,730           $80,730           $0                    $4,739,091

5. Federer, Roger              $80,000           $80,000           $0                    $88,691,538

The history of ATP Tour

by on March 19, 2009
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The history of ATP Tour

Tennis has come a long way since open era and ATP has been one of the highlighted stories. The Association of Tennis Professionals or ATP as it is more commonly known was formed in 1972 to act as a custodian of the rights and interests of male professional tennis players from all over the world. The women players have their own association which goes by the acronym WTP. It formed a computerized system to manage the player rankings and determine the entry of different players in different tournaments. The ATP is responsible for conducting all the tournaments in a particular year and also ranks the tennis players according to their performance in a calendar year. The ATP tour is basically a compilation of all the tournaments which are going to be played in a year. The various tournaments included in this are the Grand Slams, ATP World Tour Masters 1000, ATP World Tour 500 series and the like. Apart from the mainstream opens, the ATP Tour also organizes the World Team Cup which is played in Dusseldorf every year in the month of May. It also holds the Blackrock Tour of Champions for seniors. The players who have garnered points through the year due to their performance in the various tennis tournaments held in the year are allotted rankings in the year-end Master’s Cup. They are seeded as per their performance.

The Association of Tennis Professionals

by on March 19, 2009
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The Association of Tennis Professionals

The Association of Tennis Professionals, or the ATP as it is more commonly known, came into existence in the 1972. It was basically formed to protect the rights of male professional tennis players’. This association was responsible for the inspiration which helped in the organization of the principal worldwide tour for male players since 1990. This is called the ATP Tour and was renamed in January of 2009 as the ATP World Tour. This is an improvement on the previous championships known as the World Championship Tennis.

The executive office of the ATP are based in London and has got its offices in every continent such as ATP Americas, ATP Europe and the ATP International which is responsible for overlooking the tennis in Asia, Africa and Australia. The ATP Tour is inclusive of a lot of tournaments which span the entire year. Some of them can be enlisted as the Grand Slams, ATP World Tour 500 Series, ATP World Tour 250 Series and the like.

There have been a few changes which took place in 2009 such as the Master’s Cup which has been renamed as the 1000 Cup while the gold events have been renamed as the 500 and 250 Cups. The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) updates the male professional tennis players rankings every month with a detailed review.