Ferrer, Marray/Nielsen Qualify For Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

From the ATP World Tour: LONDON – Spaniard David Ferrer and Wimbledon doubles champions Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen have qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 5-12 November, leaving just three singles and three doubles berths up for grabs with three weeks remaining in the regular ATP World Tour season.

World No. 5 Ferrer returns to the season-ending championships for a third straight year and a fourth time overall. He reached the final on his debut in 2007 at Shanghai, finishing runner-up to Roger Federer. This season, the 30-year-old Valencia native has won a career-high five titles on three different surfaces. He opened his 2012 campaign with the hard-court title at the Heineken Open in Auckland, triumphed on grass at the UNICEF Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and won the clay-court tournaments at the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires, Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco and the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad.

“I am very happy because to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is a great achievement,” said Ferrer. “It’s always one of my goals at the beginning of each year. I look forward to coming back to The O2 in London to play against the best players in the world in November. The atmosphere in the stadium is incredible there.”

ATP Executive Chairman & President Brad Drewett added, We’re delighted that David will be back to compete at this year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. He is one of the toughest competitors in the sport and fully deserves his place among the world’s Top 8 at The O2.

Marray and Nielsen clinched their first qualification to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals by virtue of their Grand Slam victory and guaranteed Top 20 finish in the Doubles Team Race to London. The British-Danish duo stunned four seeded tandems, including defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan in the semi-finals, to claim the Wimbledon crown in their first tour-level appearance as a team. Marray, 31, became the first homegrown player to triumph in the doubles final at the All England Club since 1936, while the 29-year-old Nielsen became the first Danish man to win a Grand Slam title.

“To be able to cap off the season by competing against the world’s best doubles teams in front of a home crowd at The O2 in November will be incredible,” said Marray. “We had a great run at Wimbledon this summer, so hopefully we can reproduce some of that form in London this November.”

Nielsen said, “It will be amazing to get the experience of playing at The O2. It’s an unbelievable set-up, and an event I never thought I was going to be a part of as a player. So I will enjoy every second and can’t wait to get started.”

Brad Drewett added, “With their doubles win at Wimbledon this year, Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen produced one of the great stories of the tennis summer. Their qualification is further great news for the home fans at The O2 who will now have a British representative in the doubles competition, as well as Andy Murray in singles.”

Ferrer joins Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray in the eight-player singles field, while Marray and Nielsen join the Bryans, Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor, Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau, and Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek as doubles qualifiers.

The Race to London continues this week with three ATP World Tour 250 tournaments: the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, the If Stockholm Open and the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin del Potro and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga currently hold down the final three qualifying spots in the South African Airways ATP Rankings Race to London.

The season-ending event once again looks set to provide a thrilling finale to what has already been a remarkable season on the ATP World Tour, with the year-end World No.1 South African Airways ATP Ranking potentially coming down to the wire at the last event of the season in London.

With tickets still available for the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, don’t miss your chance to witness the world’s top eight singles players and doubles teams competing for the world’s biggest indoor tennis tournament. For more information, visit: www.BarclaysATPWorldTourFinals.com

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – The Contenders
(Based on Year-to-Date
2012 ATP Rankings points as of Monday, 15 October, 2012.)

Pos. Name YTD Points Scheduled To Play
1. N. Djokovic (SRB) 11,410 Paris, London
2. R. Federer (SUI) 9,255 Basel, Paris, London
3. A. Murray (GBR) 7,510 Basel, Paris, London
4. R. Nadal (ESP) 6,840 Paris, London
5. D. Ferrer (ESP) 4,780 Valencia, Paris, London
6. T. Berdych (CZE) 4,080 Stockholm, Paris
7. J. Martin del Potro (ARG) 3,670 Vienna, Basel, Paris
8. J. Tsonga (FRA) 3,295 Stockholm, Valencia, Paris
9. J. Tipsarevic (SRB) 2,810 Vienna, Valencia, Paris
10. N. Almagro (ESP) 2,425 Stockholm, Valencia, Paris
11. R. Gasquet (FRA) 2,370 Basel, Paris
12. J. Monaco (ARG) 2,340 Valencia, Paris
13. M. Raonic (CAN) 2,290 Valencia, Paris
14. J. Isner (USA) 2,205 Valencia, Paris
15. M. Cilic (CRO) 2,150 Valencia, Paris

Pos. Name YTD Points
1. Bryan (USA)/Bryan (USA) 9,485
2. Mirnyi (BLR)/Nestor (CAN) 6,495
3. Paes (IND)/Stepanek (CZE) 6,265
4. Lindstedt (SWE)/Tecau (ROU) 5,965
5. Granollers (ESP)/Lopez (ESP) 4,270
6. Bhupathi (IND)/Bopanna (IND) 3,455
7. Qureshi (PAK)/Rojer (NED) 3,425
8. Fyrstenberg (POL)/Matkowski (POL) 3,330
9. Fleming (GBR)/Hutchins (GBR) 2,285
10. Marray (GBR)/Nielsen (DEN) 2,090

Bold denotes qualification


History Made in Gentlemen’s Doubles Final

WIMBLEDON – Amidst all the hullabaloo over Andy Murray’s advance to his first Wimbledon final, a British/Danish wildcard combination quietly marched through the doubles draw, ending up victorious in the Men’s Doubles Finals.

Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen defeated the established pairing of Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau with a show of sportsmanship along the way, winning 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(7), 6-7(7), 6-3.

There are some interesting historical links (as if we have not heard enough of them already).

For example, Frederik Nielsen is the grandson of Kurt Nielsen, who was twice a runner up in the Wimbledon Men’s Final (1953 and 1955).

And then there is the magic number 36.

It was in 1936 when a British man lifted the Wimbledon Men’s Doubles trophy, and the partnership was the first to win the Double’s championship on a wildcard entry.

There was an outstanding display of sportsmanship by Marray in the third set tiebreak, where Marray admitted to having followed through a volley, just touching the top of the net.

It had not been picked up by anyone, but Marray owned up to it, although Marray/Nielsen went on to win that set.

Marray’s career had had its up and downs, and at times had thought of giving up.

Marray said: “I felt like I had a bit of unfinished business and things like that, so I’m more than happy to have made the decision to carry on.”

Marray felt that he and Nielsen could do well, having just missed out on tournament entry with Adil Shamasdin, but having partnered Nielsen previously and having had a good run in Nottingham just before the Championships.

He knew there was a wildcard option and chose Nielsen.

Both players were battling history.

Nielsen said: “I don’t think the fact that my granddad used to do well is going to make it even more special.

“I think the fact that it is just Wimbledon, it carries its name by itself pretty well”

Although having been picked to be on the Great Britain Davis Cup team back in 2004, Marray has not had an opportunity to play in any matches.

Britain has a good pedigree in the doubles currently with the established pairing of Ross Hutchins and Colin Fleming, and Marray’s sometime partner (2009, 2010) of Jamie Murray.

Marray has been keeping an eye on his rankings, and as Wimbledon champions, Marray and Nielsen are waiting to hear if they have gained a position in the World Tour Finals, at the O2, London later this year.

But the more immediate focus is to hope he will be able to get into better tournaments and improve his ranking further.


Ros Satar is a British Journalist- an IT journalist by day, and a sports journalist in all the gaps in between. She is the co-founder of Britwatch Sports (britwatchsports.com). Follow her on twitter at @rfsatar.



Wildcard team of Marray and Nielsen Capture Doubles Title

WIMBLEDON – Jonathan Marray ended 76 years of futility in the gentlemen’s doubles competition at Wimbledon for Great Britain. Britain’s Marray teamed with Denmark’s Frederik Nielsen to defeat Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Horia Tecau of Romania 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-3 for the Gentlemen’s doubles title. The victory marks the first time since 1936 that a British man has won the men’s doubles title. The winning duo gained entry into the tournament as a wildcard.

Nielsen also made some history of his own becoming the first Danish man to win a major title in doubles. His grandfather Kurt was a Wimbledon men’s finalist in 1953 and 1955. Kurt also won the mixed doubles title with Althea Gibson at the US Open in 1957.

Marray commented on all of the history involved with the win, “Obviously we get bombarded with the facts every time we do an interview because, like you said, it is historical.  If you look at the history books, it hasn’t happened a lot, especially from a pretty small tennis country as Denmark in my case.

“It’s something we think about in the interviews when we get asked.  On the court I didn’t think about it at all, not a second.”

“I don’t think particularly because of my family history,” said Nielsen. “It means more because it’s Wimbledon.  Maybe because of my family history I have a different relationship with Wimbledon.  That’s possible.

“But I don’t think the fact that my granddad used to do well is going to make it even more special.  I think the fact that it is just Wimbledon, it carries its name by itself pretty well.

“I’m pretty sure that the fact that it’s just Wimbledon is enough for me.”


Marray is still in disbelief about the victory: “I’ve been saying to Freddy, I don’t feel any kind of different or anything.  I don’t know.  It’s just like winning another tennis match.  I suppose it will take time to sink in.

“When I see my friends and family and speak to them about it, over the course of a few days, a few weeks, I’m sure it will sink in a bit more.”


Marray talked about his expectations coming in to the tournament: “I thought we could do well because, like I said, I just missed out on entry with someone else to the tournament.  I played with Freddy the week before.  I know Freddy well, know his game, and thought we could play well together.

“After having a good week in Nottingham a couple weeks ago, I really thought we could do well here.  Obviously I didn’t think we could ever win it, but as the week went on we kept gaining confidence and coming through some tight matches.

“You know, your expectations kind of grow a little bit and your confidence grows, and obviously the end result is we got the win, so…”


With Andy Murray in the singles final on Sunday, Marray hopes that his win will inspire his fellow Brit.

“I’m sure he was watching,” Marray said of Murray. “He follows how all the guys do.  We’re friends and everything.  I’m sure he was watching it.

“Yeah, if it gives him any kind of inspirational help, I’m sure it would be good.  But I don’t know.”