Three HEAD racquet rebels will be competing for end-of-season honours when the final tennis highlight of 2011 begins on Sunday at the O2 arena in London. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, third-ranked Andy Murray and seventh-ranked Tomas Berdych are among the best of the best in the prestigious eight-man field at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
The complete HEAD trio was drawn into Group A together with David Ferrer.
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and event rookie Mardy Fish will play in Group B.
The field is headed up by World No.1 Novak Djokovic, who has won ten titles with his YouTek™ IG Speed MP in a record-breaking season, including three of the four Grand Slams. Andy Murray also went on a roll last month in Asia with his YouTek™ Radical Pro, securing three back-to-back trophies in Bangkok, Tokyo and Shanghai.
Novak is keen to finish the season of his life with another major title after dealing with a shoulder injury in recent weeks. But he's trying to keep the pressure and expectations down: "I don't feel obliged to win the tournament in order to make this season perfect but I will do my best to prepare and finish off the season in style."
Andy Murray has won 18 of his past 19 matches, with his only loss in this impressive run having been a Paris quarter-final defeat to fellow HEAD player Tomas Berdych. After his 2010 semi-final showing in East London, he knows he has to be at this best to repeat this success: "There are obviously no easy matches as it's only the Top eight players in the world. You have to be on top of your game from the very first match.”
Czech Berdych also has a proud history in London after playing the 2010 Wimbledon final and now competing at the year-end event for the second time in a row.
All matches at the Barclays ATP World Tour Final will be played with the HEAD ATP ball, which is continuously trusted as the official tennis ball of the ATP World Tour. Due to the consistent quality and great durability the ball’s acceptance amongst tennis players around the world has steadily increased over the last years. “It’s the best ball in tennis,” World No. 1 Novak Djokovic confirms, “whenever I can, I definitely choose that ball!”