The Final of the ATP Finals in Turin will change its schedule due to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Tennis and football cross paths again and the former is forced to give way to the latter. All because of the World Cup. Usually this event and the big tennis events meet in late summer.
After Roland Garros, the title passes to Wimbledon, which usually takes place between the end of June and the beginning of July. This is the Grand Slam tournament that collides with the most important tournament by nations in the world of soccer.
This year, however, things have changed: having chosen Qatar as the venue, the World Cup has been moved to the end of the year, starting on November 20. On the same day as the opening match, that is, the match between the hosts Qatar and Ecuador, the singles final of the ATP Finals is also scheduled to be played in Turin.
Not only the same date, but also the same time: both events started, according to the program, at 17:00 local time. In the end, it was the tennis tournament that gave way: according to a press release from the ATP, the singles final will be postponed to 7:00 p.m.
A postponement for the final match of the last tournament of the season, which therefore does not run the risk of going on a par with the first match of the World Cup, which remains stopped at 5:00 p.m. local time. As well as the time of the doubles final, which will start at 16:00 Italian time, remains unchanged.
The protagonists of the Finals
Currently, there are five players qualified for the Final tournament. Introducing the world number one and new Slam champion, Carlos Alcaraz. He will not be the only Spaniard in Turin: Rafael Nadal is also back, with the intention of conquering for the first time a tournament that has always eluded him.
The one who does know about Finals, on the other hand, is Novak Djokovic: with the victory of the Tel Aviv and Astana tournaments, he has obtained the necessary points to stay in the Top 20 of the Race and return to Turin. Casper Ruud closes the speech in Turin for now, thanks to his two Grand Slam finals, and Stefanos Tsitsipas, another winner of the tournament in 2019.
The rest of the applicants, on the other hand, will have to compete in Basel or Vienna and in Paris to get the last three places available.