Planning a trip to the ATP World Tour Finals in London in 2014? Here are some tips that will help you make the most of your visit.
The ATP World Tour Final will be held at the O2 Arena in London in 2014 and although the contract expires in 2015, it may stay in London for a while longer.
I was lucky enough to go to three sessions of this year’s tournament; Del Potro v Federer and the Semi Finals between Federer and Nadal and Wawrinka and Djokovic. Plus, it was an unexpected pleasure to see Nadal receive his World No.1 trophy prior to the Federer v Del Potro match on the Saturday.
If you’re thinking of going, it’s definitely a great experience. It’s a really well organised event with friendly helpful staff and a great atmosphere.
Here a some tips that will be useful.
1. Buy the more expensive tickets closer to the court (if you can)
From memory the upper tier tickets were GBP 60 and lower tier were GBP 95. We had tickets for both areas and by comparison, I would recommend paying extra for the closer seats if they are available and if you have the $$$ as the less expensive tickets were further back than I expected.
2. Make sure you know how to turn your flash off on your camera
It seemed crazy that although the umpire was continually asking people to not use their flash, people still used their flash. The venue is dark in the seating areas with lights on the court so flashes can disrupt the players. Enough said.
3. The mobile signal and wifi is unreliable
It seems crazy to me that in an arena sponsored by a telco company you can’t get reliable strong wifi access, or even that they don’t provide it for free. Added to that, I struggled even to send an SMS message. This makes it difficult if you’re trying to figure out a place and time to meet people.
Note that this info is based on my personal feedback, and I didn’t have an O2 sim card, but I heard from other friends that they had similar experiences.
4. There are no pass-outs once you’ve entered the arena
Once you’ve passed through security, you can’t leave and get back in again, so if you’re planning to meet people, either make sure they have tickets or meet them outside before or after the match.
5. The Underground is busy but well organised
The main way to get to and from the arena is via the North Greenwich underground station. The first time I left I thought the queue was massive and it would take ages to get on a train. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised that the queue moves fast and leaving the venue was efficiently well organised. That doesn’t mean there won’t ever be delays on the Jubilee line though so check the alerts before you start your journey.
If you get to the venue another way and have to leave via the Underground, I’d make sure that you have an Oyster card and that it’s topped up ahead of time, so that you don’t have to wait in those queues before entering the station.
Here are some pics to give you a feel for the atmosphere.
Also have a look at my pics from around the O2 arena.
Congrats to Djokovic for winning the trophy.
Onward now to the 2014 season and the Australian Open, which isn’t too far away….
Until next time
Grand Slam Gal