KEY POINTS

  • England’s month-long lockdown is in conflict with the ATP Finals in London
  • The ATP plans to push through as a closed-door event
  • Top stars Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are among the expected participants

Top tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are expected to be in attendance for the 2020 ATP Finals, which will be held behind closed doors from Nov. 15 to 22 in London.

The aforementioned governing body has put out a statement confirming that the tournament will go ahead as scheduled amid a renewed surge in the number of COVID-19 cases across the United Kingdom.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday that the government would be implementing a national quarantine from this coming Thursday until Dec. 2 as cases soar to over a million, Business World reported.

While Johnson advised all non-essential businesses would have to close during the lockdown, the event would still push through with ATP assuring that health protocols will be followed to the letter to ensure the safety of players and officials during the eight-day affair.

“We will continue to work with all relevant authorities, both at a national and local level, to ensure that all necessary measures are put in place to ensure the safety of all those involved in the tournament,” the organization wrote.

Within the safe confines of a bio-bubble, the games will be held at London's 20,000-capacity O2 Arena for the final time as Turin will be in charge of hosting the tour from 2021 to 2025.

The 2020 ATP Finals is set to feature the top eight men’s singles players, including Djokovic and Nadal as well as rising stars such as Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Meanwhile, Swiss sensation Roger Federer will not be competing as he is still nursing his knee injury.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have swapped their rackets for microphones and cameras Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have swapped their rackets for microphones and cameras Photo: AFP / WILLIAM WEST