The world’s best eight players, led by top seeds Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, gathered Friday at the entrance to London’s iconic O2 arena for the official group portrait to promote the Nitto ATP Finals, which runs 10-17 November.
This is the first year since 2016 that the coveted year-end No. 1 ATP Ranking will be decided at the season finale. Three years ago Britain’s Andy Murray defeated Djokovic in the title match to claim year-end No. 1 honours in the final tournament match of the year.
This year Nadal takes a 640-point lead over Djokovic into the tournament. Players play three round-robin matches and receive 200 points for each win during the group stage. A player advancing to the knockout stages receives 400 points for a semi-final win and an additional 500 points for winning the final. In total, an undefeated champion can earn 1500 ATP Rankings points and $2,871,000.
This year’s event features four players 23 and under: defending champion Alexander Zverev (22), and three players making their debuts, Daniil Medvedev (23), Stefanos Tsitsipas (21) and Matteo Berrettini (23).
Roger Federer will attempt to extend his record of six tournament titles. Dominic Thiem will compete for the fourth consecutive year.