ATP Finals Betting Offers 2018

atp finals view of the courtIt may surprise many punters to know that an end of season tennis championship event has in fact been running since the 1970’s, although having gone through four format changes it is now hardly recognisable from the original.  The ATP began running the event in 1990 but it is only since the event has been held at the O2 in London (since 2009) that the profile of the tournament has really exploded.

With prize money in the millions for the winner and the eight highest ranking men’s players in the world competing the event has become a favourite for tennis fans, now on a par with a Grand Slam event.

Whenever there is a high profile tennis event on the bookies love it and pull out the stops when it comes to their offers, for both new and existing punters.  With this signalling the end of the season too you can often find even better deals than normal.  As usual we have collated the best promotions around to ensure you get the maximum value from your ATP finals bets.

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ATP Finals Schedule 2018

Date Day Round
11th November Sunday Round Robin
12th November Monday Round Robin
13th November Tuesday Round Robin
14th November Wednesday Round Robin
15th November Thursday Round Robin
16th November Friday Round Robin
17th November Saturday Semi-Finals
18th November Sunday Finals

Play is divided into two daily sessions, the afternoon session begins at 12pm (UK) and 6pm for evening sessions.  Doubles matches are plated first in each session followed by singles.  The doubles final is scheduled for 3:30pm and the singles final will follow at around 6pm.

Competition Format

atp finals tennisThe ATP Finals work in a slightly different way to the Majors that you might have watched on TV. For starters, the field is much smaller than at the likes of Wimbledon or the US Open. The top eight male Singles players and the top eight Doubles partnerships according to the ATP Rankings are invited to play, with them then being split into two different groups of four. The players then participate in a round-robin competition against those in their side of the draw, as opposed to the knockout competition you might be more used to from the Majors.

When the round-robin part of the competition has come to a close, the best two players from each side of the draw advance to the semi-finals, with the winners going head-to-head in the final. The round-robin format hasn’t always been used, replaced by twelve participants engaging in a knockout format from 1982 until 1984 before being expanded to sixteen players in 1985. There was also a slightly different format in place in 1970 and 1971 when it was a round-robin competition without the semi-finals and final.

Prize Money Ranking Points

Stage Of Tournament Singles Prize Money Doubles Prize Money Ranking points
Three Round Robin Matches $203,000 $38,000 200
Semi-Final $620,000 $103,000 400
Final $1,280,000 $200,000 500
Tournament Winner Without Losing $2,712,000 $517,000 1500

Each player will earn a different amount of money and a different number of Ranking Points depending on the stage of the tournament that they get to. The table above explains how that works.

ATP Finals In Relation To Other Tennis Tournaments

Event Type No. of Events To Play Prize money (USD) Ranking points For The Winner Governing body Responsible
Grand Slam 4 Varies 2,000 ITF
ATP World Tour Finals 1 4,450,000 1,100 – 1,500 ATP
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 9 2,450,000 to 3,645,000 1000 ATP
ATP World Tour 500 series 13 755,000 to 2,100,000 500 ATP
ATP World Tour 250 Series 39 416,000 to 1,024,000 250 ATP
ATP Challenge Tour 178 40,000 to 220,000 80 to 125 ATP
ITF Men’s Circuit 534 10,000 to 25,000 18 to 35 ITF

The men’s game has seven categories involved in it and the number of Ranking Points and the amount of money available to the winner depends entirely on the event type and the governing body responsible for it.

The ATP organises more than seven hundred and fifty events a year, meaning that there is a wide disparity between the number of Ranking Points and the prize money available. Most events are via the International Tennis Federation’s Men’s Circuit, though it’s worth noting that that’s pretty much the lowest ranking event-type around in the professional game. They are usually taken on by younger players who are hoping to use the chance to hoover up some ‘easy’ Ranking Points’ in order to progress in the game.

The ATP World Series events are considered to be more prestigious, so if you’re hoping to attend an event with well-known players then that’s where you’ll want to start. You’ll note from the table that the number of Ranking Points available there range from the likes of two hundred and fifty through to a thousand points. It goes without saying that it’s these latter ones that will have the better players involved, with other competitors who are hoping to try to break into the top fifty ranked players also getting involved. That’s because that guarantees them a place in the Majors.

As you would expect, the tournaments that offer the most Ranking Points also offer the highest amount of prize money. That’s why the better-known and most successful players tend to be more interested in those events, knowing that it will both give them a chance to keep themselves up towards the top end of the world rankings but also boost their coffers! The ATP Finals is a tournament that ticks both boxes, including a prize pool that reached up to $8 million in 2018, of which $2.5 million went to the winner. That is why it is considered to be the ‘Fifth Major’, even though it isn’t actually counted as one

About The ATP World Tour Finals

tennis player serving close up of bat and ballWhen it comes to tennis, those with little more than a passing interest in the sport will think about Wimbledon first and foremost. If you have a little bit more knowledge about the game will perhaps know the other tennis Majors, which are the Australian Open, the US Open and the French Open at Roland Garros. Yet the big tournaments are little more than the headline grabbers in the same way that the FA Cup and Champions League final are for football, with players needing to keep themselves in shape throughout the rest of the year.

Players tour around the world, taking part in professionally organised competitions that welcome audiences from unexpected corners of the globe and give them a chance to see their favourite players ducking it out. The majority of these touring competitions are organised by the Association of Tennis Professionals, which was formed back in 1972 in order to protect the interests of male players at a time when they were thought of almost after everyone else. The ATP World Tour Finals are, as the name suggests, the conclusion to a long and gruelling tour for male players. It’s worth noting at this point that it is just for male players, with the women’s game looked after by the Women’s Tennis Association.

History of the ATP Tour

tennis player celebratingIn order to look at the history of the tournament you need to have more of an idea about the history of the men’s game in general. As early as the 1970s there was a desire for a competition for the men’s game away from the Majors, with the Masters Grand Prix being formed in 1970 to tick this very box. It was part of what was known as the Gran Prix Tennis Circuit and was the responsibility of the International Lawn Tennis Federation. There was also a rival tournament called the WCT Finals, which was organised by the World Championship Tennis Tour.

When the Masters was first formed it was little more than a showpiece event, with wins not counting towards the World Ranking Points of the players taking part. It did, however, involve the best players in the mens game going up against each other for the entertainment of the watching audience. Ranking Points didn’t become available until the competition became the organisational responsibility of the Association of Tennis Professionals in 1990, which was the point at which it was also renamed as the ATP Tour World Championship. The Ranking Points worked in such a way that a player lasting the entire thing without losing a match would win the same number as the winners of the Majors.

When the organisational responsibility for the event shifted to the ATP, that meant that the International Tennis Federation lost it. They decided to create a tournament of their own that would rival the ATP World Tour Championship, with the resulting creation being the Grand Slam Cup. The sixteen players who performed the best in the Grand Slam during the year prior to the event were invited to take part in it. As a result, the top players throughout the men’s game ended up being split between the two competitions and neither of them had much respect or prestige. In the end, the two competitions’ organisers decided to call a halt to their tournaments in favour of starting a joint one. This became the Tennis Masters Cup.

In 2009 the Masters Cup received a rebrand, turning it into the ATP World Tour Finals. That remained the case until 2017 when the ‘World Tour’ was dropped and it became simply the ATP Finals. Having been moved to London’s O2 at the same time as the rebrand in 2009, a deal was agreed to keep it at the venue until 2020 when the new name was given to it in 2017.

Venues

o2 in london venue for atp finals

The competition has actually been an outdoor event at numerous times in its history, such as when it was played in Melbourne in 1974 and Houston, Texas in 2003 and 2004.

The move to the O2 saw it go indoors permanently. It has enjoyed sixteen different venues prior to the permanent shift to London, with the following having been used at one point or another:

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Hanover fairground in Germany
  • Shanghai’s Qizhong City Arena

The O2 arena is a purpose-built location that is based in the North Greenwich area of London. When it’s used for events that need it to be sponsor neutral, such as the Olympics in 2012, it becomes the North Greenwich Arena. It stands on the sight of the Millennium Dome and was actually built underneath it. That project was briefly thought of as being the White Elephant of London, such is the extent to which the Millennium Experience failed to impress. Construction for the entertainment complex and accompanying arena began in 2003 and was finished four years later.

o2 from the air

The construction of the venue was no easy feat, given that cranes couldn’t be used underneath the Dome itself. In the end, engineers came up with the idea of building the roof on the floor of the venue and then hoisting it up to its final position. The remainder of the venue then had to be constructed around the roof, creating a building that would take up forty percent of the Dome’s structure. As is the case with numerous similar all-purpose arenas, such as the Manchester Arena in the city of the same name, the seating structure here can be changed and altered, as can the surface on the floor. Whatever’s happening inside will dictate what it looks like at any given moment.

The ability to change the inside of the venue means that it can host almost anything, from rock concerts to basketball via ice hockey and conferences. In the early years of the ATP tournament players were asked to play on carpet, which often made the games a touch fairer as few players had experience of playing on it. Nowadays it is made of GreenSet, an acrylic hard court. It is approved of by all of the Women’s Tennis Association, The Association of Tennis Professionals and the International Tennis Federation. Interestingly, it is the same surface as the one used for the Paris Masters, the Open Sud de France, the Swiss Indoor Championship and many other competitions besides.

Tournament Sponsors

atp finals sponsorYou already know how the tournament’s format has changed over the years, but you might be interested to know how things have changed financially. Prior to 1990, the competition enjoyed numerous different sponsors, meaning that there was quite a lot of money involved and a number of different commercial deals for the players to make. When the Association of Tennis Professionals took over the organisation of the event, however, it was decided that having a sponsor was no longer palatable.

That notion remained in play until the Masters Cup became the ATP World Tour Finals in 2009, at which point Barclays became the primary sponsor. They kept the deal going until 2017, which was when the responsibility for sponsoring the event switched to a Japanese company called Nitto Denko. Even when there wasn’t an overall sponsor of the event, some sections of it were still sponsored. That included a time when the Singles part of the tournament was sponsored by IBM, for example.

Previous and Notable Winners

Year Winner Runner-Up Score
2019 ? ? ?
2018 ? ? ?
2017 Grigor Dimitrov David Goffin 7-5 | 4-6 | 6-3
2016 Andy Murray Novak Djokovic 6-3 | 6-4
2015 Novak Djokovic Roger Federer 6-3 | 6-4
2014 Novak Djokovic Roger Federer Walkover*
2013 Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal 6-3 | 6-4
2012 Novak Djokovic Roger Federer 7-6 | 7-5
2011 Roger Federer Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 | 6-7 | 6-3
2010 Roger Federer Rafael Nadal 6-3 | 3-6 | 6-1
2009 Nikolay Davydenko Juan Martín del Potro 6-3 | 6-4

The table above shows winners of the event since it moved to the London O2 in 2009

* In 2009 Roger Federer withdrew due to injury

The most successful Singles player at the event to date is Roger Federer, who has won the tournament six times including in 2011 – his last win. Only Andre Agassi can compete with the Swiss international in terms of number of times they’ve appeared in it, with Federer having done so fifteen times and Agassi on thirteen occasions. The next closest when it comes to wins are Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras and Novak Djokovic, who have won it five times apiece. The question for most tennis fans is whether Djokovic will catch up with Federer or Roger will extend his lead.

Pete Fleming and John McEnroe are the most successful Doubles partnerships at the event, having won it seven wins as a pairing. That means that actually have more titles to their name than Federer when it comes to the ATP Finals! Not only that, but they also managed to rack up the wins back-to-back between 1978 and 1984. Bob and Mike Bryan, the Bryan brothers, are next on the list in terms of Doubles winners, having picked up the title four times to date. Daniel Nestor has won it four times too, but he did so with different partners.