Watching the world’s best

I have been lucky to visit some of the best professional tennis tournaments around the world but there is something quite special about the ATP World Tour Finals.  Having the opportunity to watch the very best players in the world compete in London to finish off the men’s season has an atmosphere unlike most other events.

Even without the presence of Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, this is still a prestigious event and was even more so this year with Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic going right down to the wire battling it out for the year end World Number 1 ranking.  If you haven’t been to the O2 for this event then I would urge you to do so before it is too late.

Today was also the annual Tennis Foundation Indoor Tennis Centre Conference, which gives representatives of the 53 community facilities across Great Britain the chance to come together and share good practice and to learn from each others experiences.  I think that opportunities like this are extremely valuable.  As venues, we are all on the same journey and facing very similar challenges and so the chance to work together and feel like you are part of a network is very motivating.

It will be interesting to see where the ATP World Tour Finals moves to when it eventually leaves London.  Having the event at the O2 has taken it to another level and it will be tough act to follow when it heads to pastures new.  Where do you think it should go next?  Whilst I understand wanting to take it to a new home the new venue will have a lot of boxes to tick to give the same experience as London.

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