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Feel like a pro at The O2


Originally published on: 04/11/13 00:00

This year at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, title sponsors Barclays are offering fans the opportunity to feel what it is like for the players as they enter the famous O2 Arena.

Situated in the Fan Zone, the Barclays Arena Experience recreates the tunnel along which the players walk and you are invited to wear a wig, don a cap and wristbands or carry a racket so that when you emerge from the tunnel and there is a three second pause while your photo is taken you can feel what it’s like to be “papped” as you step out on court.

Within a matter of minutes you receive a quality colour photo to take away as a memento of your experience and if you leave your e-mail address those nice people at the Barclays Arena Experience will also e-mail you your photo.

The smoky entrance to Centre Court is just one of the features that has helped make the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals such a unique event and if you are heading to the O2 this week, tennishead thoroughly recommends having the experience, it’s as close as we’ll get to going through those double doors, reserved for the world’s greatest players.

We joined former British No.1 Andrew Castle as he experienced the Barclays Arena Experience.

"This is nervewracking," Castle said. "This is the biggest match of my career and I've only got one racket."  Watch Andrew's entrance here.

Barclays are also offering the opportunity for fans to walk on court with the trophy following the singles final on Monday, November 11. To enter, visit the Barclays Arena Experience or visit


Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.