Any violation of the strict COVID-19 lockdown bubble at the ATP Finals next week in London will result in disqualification from the year-end event.
The no-nonsense approach is all part of the plan as the sanctioning body tries to wrap up the most difficult season in it’s three-decade history.
With rules beginning to leak out for the eight-man season showpiece which begins on Sunday in what will be a deserted O2 arena in the east of the capital, the regulations come as no surprise.
Players and up to three support members each will be based in the Intercontinental hotel next door to the multipurpose venue.
The week’s bio-bubble will comprise the hotel and the courts – with no deviations allowed.
Spanish media report that any infraction of the rules will mean a DQ.
Other rules include a COVID test upon arrival at the hotel, but no more during the competition – which assumes players and teams stay inside the tight-knit bubble in North Greenwich.
While awaiting results, players must remain isolated in their hotel rooms.
LinespeopIe will be replaced by Hawkeye for the first time in 50 years of tournament history.
Round-robin groups will be named for Tokyo (first year-end edition) and London (the last here before moving in 2021 to Turin.
Main Photo:- current Nitto Masters title holder Alexander Zverev by Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd