It’s safe to say we have a fair few tennis fans here at Superbreak HQ. So when the opportunity arose for some of them to go down to London and watch the ATP Tennis at The O2 Arena, you can image the response! Steve, David and Diane were a few of the lucky ones that bagged those all important tickets, and here is what they thought of their O2 ATP experience…
Steve Street – Affinity Marketing Manager
I was fortunate enough to have tickets to not one, but two nights of first class tennis at the o2 Arena last week.
The first match I saw was between 3rd seed David Ferrer and 5th seed Thomas Berdych and later that week I was lucky enough to witness a cracking match between Rafa Nadal and Thomas Berdych.
The ATP World Tour Finals is the only tournament where you can see the world’s Top 8 players in one week and is a terrific end to the tennis season. The o2 is a befitting venue to hold such an event with amazing views of the tennis court wherever you might be seated.
With use of lighting, smoke and music a tense but electric atmosphere is created and not one I have experienced at other ATP events.
The UK and London in particular is very privileged to have been granted such a prestige event.
I had a GREAT two days at the ATP World Tour Finals and I will be sure to book my tickets early for the 2014.
David Hinder Edwards – Sales Executive – South West & Wales
Being a big Tennis I jumped at the chance to head to the O2 to see the worlds best compete. On the day that I was there I was lucky enough to see world number 2 Novak Djokovic play. He had the crowd whipped into a frenzy with his forehands and backhands, shouting and cheering with his aces and over head smashes. The audience that were in the box were amazed at the view we had of the players and got fully involved with the rest of the arenas cheers.
I also got to watch a doubles match which featured the world number 1’s the Bryan Brothers. I was unsure what to expect as normally when the doubles are on tv I would turn over. I’m now a convert as this was just as entertaining as the singles match if not more! The fast pace and the precision of the shots had me wanting to watch more and more!
Diane Fenwick Pricing and Inventory Executive
1. What event did you go to see and why?
Booked to go and see the Tennis as soon as the dates were announced, as a keen tennis fan (also went to the same event last year) I knew by going to both semi final events, I had a fair chance of seeing some amazing tennis from the top players, and they did not disappoint.
2. What did you think of the performance? Did it live up to expectations?
My main reason for going was to see Rafa Nadal, who played in the afternoon against Roger Federer, Rafa was on form and it was great to see both players giving their best, but thankfully Rafa was in control and won. Djokovic was on in the evening, providing some strong tennis to knock Wawrinka out of the competition although he did put up a good fight.
The view from our seats was very good and the event was well worth the visit.
3. Was this your first visit to The O2? What did you make of the facilities?
Been to the 02 before and love the atmosphere every time, whether it be a concert or an event like the tennis, it is always well organised and the staff are always very friendly and helpful
4. Did you enjoy a meal or drinks out before the event? If so would you recommend the places?
As I was at both the afternoon and the evening sessions of the event, finding time to actually eat at one of the many restaurants with in the 02 was always going to be difficult due to lack of time, therefore we chose to eat once inside the suite, the bartender took our order and food didn’t take long to arrive, the menu is rather limited (burger or pizza) but was very nice and not overly expensive.
5. Which hotel did you stay in and what did you think of it? How far was the distance to The O2?
Stayed at the Holiday Inn Express – Royal Docks, which is only a 5 minute walk from Canning Town tube station, so a great location for the 02 as Canning Town is 1 stop from the 02. The staff at the hotel were very friendly and welcoming, the room was spacious and comfortable so an enjoyable stay
6. How did you get to The O2? How did you find travelling around London?
Travelled around London by tube and on the DLR, very easy to use especially with an oyster card. North Greenwich is a very busy station once the 02 event has finished but the tubes run so regularly that you never have to wait long.
7. How does The O2 compare to other venues?
The 02 is a great location for any event or concert, easy to get to and always an enjoyable visit
8. Have any other events caught your eye this year?
Booked to go and see Miranda Hart in April, can’t wait.
Read what Sales Advisor Dinah Burke thought of the ATP Finals featuring Djokovic and Nadal!
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