ATP Finals 2020 Makes Revolutionary Changes in Their COVID-19 Guidelines

Published 11/09/2020, 4:58 AM EST
View of the Centre Court during Day Six of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 16, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


The Paris Masters recently came to a close with Daniil Medvedev emerging victorious. He and many other players played incredibly well and fans surely enjoyed watching the event. Now, all of them are looking forward to the last tournament of the year – the ATP Finals.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic,  ATP Finals has had to impose many restrictions to make sure everyone is safe. Like the Paris Masters, they have also decided to play the tournament without fans. In addition to that, there are many guidelines that have to be followed and they have just revealed what they are.

A general view during the singles final between Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria and David Goffin of Belgium during day eight of the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals at O2 Arena on November 19, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

ATP Finals’ Safety Guidelines

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At the 2020 ATP Finals, players will stay at the InterContinental hotel which is right next to the O2 Arena. All players will be tested and they will have to be isolated until the test results arrive. Anyone who tests positive will not be allowed to play the tournament.

Once players are tested, they don’t have to be tested again during the tournament unless they show COVID-19 symptoms. They are not to leave the secure bubble at any time and if they do, they will be disqualified immediately.

Moving on, the last event of 2020 will not have line judges at any match. This has been done to reduce the number of people on the court and instead, they will be using Hawk-Eye Live. They are not the first ones to use it as the Cincinnati Masters used it a few months ago.

Clearly, the ATP Finals have put in many restrictions and some people may not be happy with it. However, it is necessary for the event to be conducted safely. Let’s hope that we see a successful tournament when it begins on November 15th.

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Rishi Karthikeyan

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