The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
is a tennis
tournament played at the end of each year, involving the top eight players in the men's tennis world rankings.
Unlike most of the other events on the men's tour, the ATP World Tour Finals is not a straightforward knock-out tournament. Eight players are divided into two groups of four, and play three round-robin
matches each against the other three players in their group. From there, the two players with the best records in each group progress to the semifinals, with the winners meeting in the final to determine the champion. Winners are awarded up to 1500 rankings points.
The event is actually the fourth evolution of a championship which began in 1970. It was originally known simply as The Masters Grand Prix
and was part of the Grand Prix Tennis Circuit
, and was organised by the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF) ITF
. It ran along side the competing WCT Finals
the other season ending championships for the rival World Championship Tennis Tour
. The Masters was a year-end showpiece event between the best players on the men's tour, but did not count for any world ranking points. In 1990, the Association of Tennis Professionals
(ATP) took over the running of the men's tour and replaced the Masters with the ATP Tour World Championship
. World ranking points were now at stake, with an undefeated champion earning the same number of points they would for winning one of the four Grand Slam
events. The ITF, who... Read More