The men’s and woman’s seasons are now in the latter stages. The focus is now on the season finales in the form of the ATP and WTA finals. The top 8 players in the rankings from both Tours qualify and the events are being played in November and this week respectively. The O2 Arena in London hosts the men’s finals while Istanbul is the location of the women’s event. Ace Betting Club will continue to provide tips until the end of the men’s season next month.
Four players have already qualified for the men’s Tour finals. Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nada and Andy Murray have secured their places. However, Nadal is unlikely to compete due to a long-standing tendon injury. He has not played since surprisingly being eliminated at the second round stage at Wimbledon in June.
The Spanish player is actually unsure when he will be able to return to the game. He was disappointed to miss the Olympics as he is aware that he won’t get many more opportunities to represent his country at that level. He is determined to be still in good shape and competitive at the time of the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Nadal has targeted next year’s Australian Open as a realistic tournament at which he will be at full fitness. However, the nature of his injury is such that even that is not guaranteed. He would have to be fit at the start of the year as clearly he wouldn’t want to play his first event after injury at a Grand Slam tournament.
This week there are two low grade tournaments on the ATP Tour. Roger Federer is an odds-on favourite to win the Swiss Indoor title in Basel, a tournament he enjoys as it takes place in the country of his birth. If Federer does not win in Basel, Juan Martin Del Potro is the player most likely to benefit. The Argentinian could still qualify for the season finale and he would go a long way to securing his place by winning the event in Basel. David Ferrer is the favourite to win this week’s ATP Valencia event in the country of his birth.
On both Tours we are embarking on the indoor hardcourt section of the schedule. Players not already qualified will be looking to confirm an invite to the men’s world finals while the women are competing this week in Istanbul. Both these events are seriously lucrative and everyone in the upper echelons of the game wants an opportunity to compete for the massive prize funds. That means the form becomes more reliable at this stage of the season and it could be a profitable enterprise to follow the favourites in upcoming matches.
Back next Friday.
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