Being here is something: Winning here is everything.
It was the mantra of the tournament, repeated before each match.
And at the biggest indoor tournament in tennis, it helped capture the imagination of the players, the British public and audiences around the world.
With 10 of the 15 sessions a sell-out—that’s 17,500 seats each afternoon and evening, and never fewer than 14,000 for any session—the event attracted more than a quarter of a million spectators for the third straight year. It also drew record audiences on TV and online: 95 million viewers in 184 countries, a 60 percent increase on 2010.
The ATP’s website and live scoring had 9 million visits during the week, and another new feature also proved popular: The WTF app recorded more than 40,000 downloads.
But such stats barely scratch the surface of what makes the tournament so vibrant.
Here are photos, quotes and moments gathered from this year’s World Tour Finals by the author.
For more on the performances of the key players at the World Tour Finals, check the new end-of-year Power Rankings.