Friday, November 9, 2012

ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS: Day Four Diary - Mata and Aguero make an appearance at the O2

Kun - Del Potro from SergioAgueroTV on Vimeo.

Something I love about the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 is how such a huge arena is almost packed to the brim in every session, day or night, from the very beginning of the tournament.

Having 17,000 people in attendance on a week day at 1pm is no mean feat and perhaps that’s why I’m not upset that it’s staying in London for another three years, even though that deprives other countries from hosting the event – countries who could probably use an event like this to get more of their people involved in the sport.

Today Chelsea’s Juan Mata was present at the O2 and he was sitting with David Ferrer’s team. His fellow Spaniard may have lost but Mata seemed to enjoy his time and was nice enough to give countless fans the time for autographs and photos.

 From @juanmata10 on Twitter

British adventurer and TV presenter Bear Grylls of Man vs. Wild also stopped by and he met up with Andy Murray, who wasn’t playing today but practiced on the courts in the fan zone area.

Another thing that makes this tournament interesting is it’s round robin format, which is almost unique to this event compared to others on Tour but it does get kind of complicated when it comes to figuring out which two players will get to move on to the semi-finals because the number of sets won by each player are taken into consideration.

Over the past couple of days, I’ve been in countless conversations with fellow journalists, or even players, who were trying to figure out what needs to be done for a certain player to advance.

It seems that most of the players don’t really care how it happens and are just trying to focus on winning their next match. Tomas Berdych was the most concise: “I hate mathematics,” joked the Czech No1.

And Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who has the slimmest of chances in making it through said: “I don’t care about the different scenarios. I will just try to win my next match.” Perhaps we know that tennis players are not the brainiest of bunches so we’ll have to forgive them if they can’t figure this out on their own.

The day ended on a pleasant note when Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero stepped on court with Juan Martin del Potro for some footy tennis after the Argentine won his match against Janko Tipsarevic. Aguero was a special guest of Del Potro, who also hit with his friend Carlos Tevez on the very same court back in 2009.

Aguero’s tennis skills may have been slightly better than those of Tevez from three years ago but let’s just say it’s good those two don’t need to hold a racquet for a living.

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