Roger Federer left the O2 Arena on the London Underground on Friday after declaring he would like the ATP finals to remain at the venue beyond 2020, unless there is a compelling reason to postpone the tournament ,
Then the Swiss traveled with their competitors on the Jubilee Line from North Greenwich to Westminster to bring them to the official start of the tournament in the Houses of Parliament.
Federer has won two of his six record titles at the event in East London, where the prestigious season Ender of the ATP since 2009 is in the audience.
Despite the popularity of the London venue with fans and players, the ATP announced in August that from 2021 on, it will invite offers from other venues.
Roger Federer (right) and Novak Djokovic (left) were on Friday with the anniversary line in London on the road
Federer took a selfie with the other players to compete in the ATP World Tour Final
The tennis stars left North Greenwich serving the O2 Arena in East London
Their destination was Westminster and the Houses of Parliament for the official launch party
"I think if they stay (in London) this is definitely a good choice," said the 37-year-old 20-time Grand Slam champion on Friday at a new conference as he prepared for his 16th appearance.
"I do not know what the options are, but if the O2's are happy and the crowds keep pouring and making the tour at a bargain price, why not stay here?
"I see no reason to change unless there is someone else, a city that really wants it badly and is willing to support the tour and support the tour for many years, as we did with Shanghai and Maybe also with London at the beginning. It was a winning formula here. "
The ATP finale, as it is known today, started in Tokyo in 1970 and traveled for six years, before spending 13 years in New York and six years in Frankfurt, before moving to Shanghai, Lisbon, Sydney, Houston and Washington
Since then, it has taken root in London, where a total of 2.3 million fans attended the one-week event.
Novak Djokovic, who also arrived at the Tube on Friday with the Tube Media Event, returns to the O2 as No. 1 in the world. Djokovic won the 2012-15 title in London, and although the venue has served him well, he believes that he has distanced himself from this. London in 2021 must now be taken into account in the men's tour.
"I do not want it to be moved away from London, but I think the concept of this event is such that it's a journey," the Serb told reporters. "It's ATP's biggest event, the eight best players in a unique round-robin system.
"I think this is a great opportunity to promote tennis around the world. I just feel that 10 years in one place are too much. It has nothing to do with London or the event.
"I had a phenomenal success here, and I should be the last one to talk about moving it."
World no. 2 Federer said he would vote for the event in London after 2020
Things are different for Djokovic, who wore a hat and gloves before boarding the train
(From left to right) Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, Kevin Anderson, John Isner, Federer, Alexander Zverev, Djokovic and Kei Nishikori posed for a photo on the North Greenwich platform