Americans Bob & Mike Bryan have qualified for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held at The O2 Arena from Nov. 9-16, bidding to cap their 2014 season by winning the ATP World Tour title for a fourth time, adding to titles in 2003-2004 and 2009. They have qualified for the eight-team season finale for the 13th consecutive time (2001, 2003-2014). No doubles event was held in 2002.
The American brothers have captured five team titles in eight finals this year. In 2013, the American brothers clinched the year-end number one Emirates ATP Doubles Team Ranking for a record ninth time and for a fifth consecutive season.
Also qualifying is Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who will return to London this November in an attempt to capture his first ever career season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title. Nadal joins three-time champion Novak Djokovic as the first two singles players to qualify for this year’s ATP season finale. Nadal qualified for the eight-player tournament for the 10th consecutive year, and finished runner-up on two occasions, in 2010 losing to Roger Federer and in 2013, losing to Novak Djokovic.
“Rafa’s qualification for this year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is terrific news for tennis fans in the UK,” said ATP Executive Chairman and President Chris Kermode. “They now have another chance to see a true sporting icon battle it out for the last title of the season. Rafa has previously come close to winning the title in London a number of times. This year, once again, many will consider him to be a leading contender as he looks to add this prestigious title to his long list of career achievements."
Nadal has lifted four trophies tom date in 2014, including the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in January, the Rio Open in February, the Mutua Madrid Open in May, and his ninth French Open title. Federer, currently at number three in the Emirates ATP Race to London, is the next in line to qualify for the 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, where he is a record six-time former winner.