Rafael Nadal says he is sad to be playing his last ATP Finals at the O2 in London, but he understands that tennis must keep moving.
London has been the home of the season-ending finals for more than a decade, but this will be the last year it will host the event before it moves to Turin for the next few years.
To make matters worse for UK tennis fans, this year’s competition will be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus crisis.
And, while Nadal thinks the venue deserves a much better send-off than that, he took time to pay tribute to all who have made it such a success.
“The experience to play the ATP Finals at the O2 here in London has been one of the best, without a doubt,” Nadal told reporters ahead of the competition.
“The atmosphere in this amazing stadium, the organisation has been great, the event has been very popular around the world, so I think the ATP made a great job choosing the O2, choosing London and creating a fantastic event for so many years.
“Of course in an event like this one I think tennis needs to keep moving, but at the same time it’s not fair to finish here in London without crowds. But that’s the thing that is happening today in this world.
“Just congratulate London for this amazing 11, 12 years that we have been playing here and I expect to have another great event in Turin.”
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