Long time no post for me as have been moving house. Anyway I finally got round to going to the ATP world tour finals yesterday and thought I would share my experiences. I have been meaning to go ever since it arrived in London as its two hours from my doorstep but never quite had the time so this year I made it happen.
It's easy to get a ticket - I bought mine Tuesday for Wednesday Pm session and saw Murray v Nadal
The O2 as anyone who has been to a concert there will know is a good venue pretty easy to get to and with some good bars and restaurants. The seating plan is also really good with good viewing angles throughout even if you are up high. It's organised and efficient. I can see why the ATP signed up again recently.
There is a decent fan zone there which besides all the usual sponsor stands the practise courst are right here - saw Stan warming up for his evening match with Ferrer and gosh can Magnus still hit a ball cleanly.
The attempts to. create an atmosphere in the venue are reasonably successful with a bit of Davis Cup and US Open style affects but not too much it gets too cheesy or contrived except the music. The screens showing repeats are clear and can be seen from all angles.
The format of one singles match which is best of three sets means I felt a bit short changed. You buy one ticket for the afternoon session or evening session which gets you one singles match which was over in less than two hours. Most of the round robin matches have been the same. The first set was competitive but Murray tanked it in the second. That's not the organisers fault but if they are going to charge £50- £70 for one singles match they should make it best of 5, or allow up you access to the evening match as well or lower the price. Compared to Wimbledon it's not good value and would certainly stop me going again (at least to the round robin stages).
The music they play between changeovers is totally out of place at a British tennis tournament, at one point an unedited version of Macklemore downtown comes on and the mostly senior crowd around me looked pretty uncomfortable. It just does not fit with our culture and crowd.
Overall if you are in London at the time it's on its worth going but just be warned its expensive for what you get.