Although he may have relinquished the world No. 1 ranking to Novak Djokovic following the Wimbledon Championships, Rafael Nadal has still successfully qualified for the Barclays World Tour Finals in London. He is the second singles player to qualify for the tournament, as he accompanies three-time champion Djokovic.
“Rafa’s qualification for this year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is terrific news for tennis fans in the UK,”ATP Executive Chairman and President, Chris Kermode, said. “They now have another chance to see a true sporting icon battle it out for the last title of the season. Rafa has previously come close to winning the title in London a number of times. This year, once again, many will consider him to be a leading contender as he looks to add this prestigious title to his long list of career achievements.”
Nadal has twice finished runner-up at the World Tour Finals but is yet to secure the season-ending championship. He has won four titles this season, including the Roland Garros title which helped secure his early qualification at the event. World No. 3 Roger Federer is next in line to secure a spot in the tournament.
The Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, also became the first pair to earn a spot in the Barclays World Tour Final. The legendary pair have won the championships on three occasions, the last of which was in 2009. They have won 5 of 8 titles they have competed for this year, losing most recently at the Wimbledon finals to Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil.
The Barclays World Tour Finals takes place between November 9-16 at The O2 in London, England.