Tonight Roger Federer will officially say goodbye to the world of tennis in front of a frantic London crowd. With this, the stadium already has a place in the history of tennis.
Some information about the arena itself. It is located at the northernmost tip of the Greenwich Peninsula on the River Thames and is part of the O2 leisure complex. The O2 Arena is one of the most popular venues in the world for sporting events, concerts and family shows.
The Millennium Dome’s event arena, which has been called “The O2” since 2005, was built and opened on January 1, 2000. The entire dome has a diameter of 365 meters and a height of 52 meters. Construction began in 2003 and the arena opened on 24 June 2007. The O2 Arena has the second highest capacity anywhere in the UK, after the Manchester Arena in Manchester.
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It certainly isn’t the first time the London Arena has hosted a tennis event. From 2009 to 2020, the O2 hosted the ATP Finals, the unofficial world tennis tournament, to which the eight best tennis players in the world are invited at the end of the year.
Four players representing Team Europe this year have already been the best in London. Roger Federer won in 2010 and 2011, Novak Djokovic was the strongest at the Year-End Championships from 2012 to 2015, Andy Murray triumphed on home soil in 2016, and Stefanos Tsitsipas took the title in 2019.
A beautiful location for a very special edition of the Laver Cup. The 20,000 frenzied fans will want to shout to Team Europe for the win from 14.00 ET when Casper Ruud and Jack Sock open the ball.
However, the climax comes tonight around 8:30pm, when Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal go head to head against Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe in what will be the Swiss master’s last ever match. Not at Wimbledon, not at Arthur Ashe Stadium, but at the O2 Arena, Roger Federer will play his last ever official match.
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