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SBD Global/November 5, 2013/Events and Attractions

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal Call For ATP To Rotate Finals Venue

London's "stunning" 02 Arena will stage the ATP World Tour Finals for the seventh year in succession in '15, but defending champion Novak Djokovic said that will "already be four too many," according to Martyn Herman of REUTERS. Djokovic, like most of the players who have contested the eight-man season-ender at the "distinctive domed venue beside the River Thames, is a huge fan of the gladiatorial-like arena." However, Djokovic feels the tennis authorities "should continue the policy of taking the tournament around the globe." Djokovic: "I think this tournament should definitely be organised at different places more often. I think it should not be held in one city for more than three years. That's my opinion because this is the tournament of the eight best players in the world and this is the tournament which is not fixed for one city or one country. It is in the ATP's hands" (REUTERS, 11/4). In London, Simon Briggs reported Rafael Nadal also "called for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals to be moved from London." Nadal "dislikes playing under a roof." On a windy day, he "is the best in the world by far, because his booming top-spin gives him a huge safety margin, allowing him to power his dipping forehand three feet over the net." But indoor tennis is "about being more ambitious, about lining up the glory shot and pulling it off for a clean winner." Nadal: "Something that would be a little bit more fair for the players -- I think for the fans it would be interesting too -- would be to change surfaces" (TELEGRAPH, 11/4).
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