Rafa has qualified for the WTF
Rafa is the first singles player to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals. Who would have thought this was possible 6 months ago?
Press release from the ATP: Nadal, Bryan Brothers First To Qualify For Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
Rafael Nadal will attempt to add the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title to his collection when he returns to The O2 in London this November. The 27-year-old Spaniard has become the first singles player to secure his berth at the prestigious season finale after capturing the Roland Garros title for an eighth time on Sunday.
Nadal has now qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals nine straight years, achieving his best finish in 2010 when he lost to Roger Federer in the final. The Spaniard was forced to miss the 2012 tournament, having been sidelined the second half of the season with a left knee injury.
Since returning to the ATP World Tour in February after a seven-month absence, Nadal has reached the final in all nine of his tournaments, winning seven titles. The stunning run has seen the Spaniard move to first place in the Emirates ATP Race To London with 7,000 points.
In addition to claiming his 12th Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, Nadal extended his ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles record to 24 with his triumphs at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Mutua Madrid Open and Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. He also claimed titles at the Brasil Open in Sao Paulo, Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco and Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, taking his career total on clay to 42.
Andre Silva, Tournament Director, said, “Rafa has had an incredible comeback since returning to action on the ATP World Tour in February and is truly deserving of becoming the first singles player to qualify for the 2013 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. His qualification is fantastic news for tennis fans in the UK and we look forward to welcoming him back to The O2 in London in November.”
The doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan have also clinched their berth at the season finale, qualifying for the 12th consecutive time. The 35-year-old Americans are three-time Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champions, winning in 2003-04 and ’09.
The Bryans will be looking to finish at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings for a ninth time and a fifth consecutive season. They have won seven titles in 2013, including the Australian Open and Roland Garros crowns.
The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals has welcomed more than a million fans to The O2 arena over the past four years, establishing itself as the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world since moving to London in 2009. Tickets to the tournament, which takes place from 4-11 November, can be purchased at: www.BarclaysATPWorldTourFinals.com.