The first week of November, the last week of the tennis season. It’s here, at London’s o2 Arena, where the top eight get together and compete to be crowned king. I was there on Monday for day one, watching both the afternoon and evening sessions, leaving feeling extremely restless with a sore bottom but, despite it being fun and fairly action-packed there was one thing on my mind. I want to see Rafa. Yep, non of the ‘star’ players were competing on that day- that was being saved for bonfire night because obviously you don’t need fireworks when you’ve got Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic exploding excitement into our eyes- so as there were still some tickets available and I now live in London I came back the following afternoon.
But here’s the thing: There’s so much more to the Barclay’s ATP World Tour Finals than just the matches and, as the venue is only a 10 minute tube journey from my place, I found myself returning once again…without a ticket. You can read about it here but the best part is definitely how even without a ticket you can get up close to the players. You can see how they practice and maybe return with an autograph (sometimes finished off with a spot of post-practice sweat. Thanks Mike Bryan) So if you’re a fan and in London head to the O2 before the end of Monday…it’s all free!!