With Qatar and Ecuador set to do battle on the evening of November 20, the two events were set to be held concurrently, until the ATP’s move.
The final of the season-ending ending tournament was initially due to start at 17:00 CET (16:00 UK time) on November 20 in Turin, Italy, but it would have coincided with Qatar’s match against Ecuador at the World Cup.
The ATP released a statement detailing their decision which read: “We want to ensure that as many fans as possible around the world are able to tune into the final match of the ATP Tour season.
As a result, the ATP Finals encounter will now start at 19:00 CET (18:00 UK time) while the doubles final will get underway at 16:00 CET (15:00 CET).
The ATP Finals gets underway on November 13 at Pala Alpitour. It will be the season-ending event for the highest-ranked singles players and doubles teams on the 2022 ATP Tour.
Eight players compete at the tournament, with two named alternates, and five players have already secured their places in the singles draw.
World No 1 Carlos Alcaraz, reigning Australian Open and French Open champion Rafael Nadal, US Open runner-up Casper Ruud, 2019 ATP Finals winner Stefanos Tsitsipas and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic are the men who have secured their tickets to Northern Italy.
Eight teams compete at the tournament, with one named alternate. Four doubles teams have qualified with Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski, Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury, Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer, and Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic already in the draw.
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will be played from 20 November to 18 December in Qatar. It will be the 22nd edition of the competition, and the first played in the Arab world.
The draw for the World Cup group phase took place in Doha, Qatar, on April 1 2022 to set the stage for the tournament.
The final three qualification places were filled in June, with Wales, Australia and Costa Rica completing the 32-team line-up.