Thursday 16 August 2012
Londoners don't have to wait long for another Federer fix. Or for more of Novak Djokovic. Or perhaps to see Rafael Nadal, missing from the Olympics, missing from the US Open, in the city again, although it will be a big ask for him considering his prolonged absence. Nevertheless, in the history of the modern game, has there ever been as much world-class tennis in London in one year as there is this season?
We are in the middle of a golden age for the men's game - if not THE golden age - and London gets three of the six biggest tournaments on the calendar; tennis is truly an global game, but this year there are plenty of chances to see the world's best without dropping off the London Tube map.
If you went west on the District Line this summer, you would have seen the grass-court double-header of The Championships, Wimbledon and the Olympics at the All England Club, and already thoughts are turning to November's season-ending showpiece. Go east on the Jubilee Line for more. Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have already qualified to compete at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
at the O2 Arena, leaving five places in the eight-man field.
One of those spots is expected to go to Andy Murray, the Olympic champion and world No.4. That would be Murray's fourth event of the year in London, since he also prepared for Wimbledon by playing at The Queen's Club. Barring injury or an extraordinary slump in form - and that is highly unlikely after the endorphin rush of winning the gold medal - you will see Murray walking through dry ice this winter.
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