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I'm on a boat: ATP finalists to arrive to tournament by sea

Chris Chase
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One if by land, deuce if by sea?

To avoid car traffic in downtown London, players at next week's year-end ATP World Tour Finals will have the option of traveling to the site of the tournament by boat. At last year's event, which was held in Shanghai, players complained about how long it took them to travel to the courts.

This year's tournament is being billed as the largest indoor tennis event of all-time, with 255,000 tickets being sold already. It will be held at the O2 Arena, where Michael Jackson was supposed to play his 50-show comeback tour.

The building is located in the eastern part of London on the banks of the Thames, but the players' hotel is in the central part of the city and driving times because of traffic would be too unpredictable, organizers say. (I mean, we all know what those traffic circles are like in London.)

Players will have the option of getting chauffeured by car to the tournament, but the managing director of the event says that "they'll soon realize the boat is the best way to go." There will be two 62-seat boats in use. The door-to-door trip will take approximately 30 minutes. No word on whether this song will be pumped through the speakers. If not, I'm sure Federer has it on his iPod.

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