ATP World Tour Finals 2014 were once again played at the O2 in London. Which saw the very best from the world of professional tennis battle it out for one of the most coveted awards of the tour.
The annual return to the O2 and as a Sports Photographer I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I started out with Marin Cilic against world number 1 Novak Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic plays Marin Cilic in their opening matches – Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2014 – 10th November 2014
Novak Djokovic plays Marin Cilic in the group B opening games. Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2014. London O2 Arena. (c) Matt Bristow
Djokovic started out as he meant to go on winning in straight sets.
I then had Djokvic again this time against Stanislas Wawrinka. A game I was looking forward to and expected a drawn out affair. However, Djokovic had other ideas and beat Wawrinka in straight sets. It was starting to look like nobody could get anywhere close to Djokovic.
World Number 1 Novak Djokovic serves for the match. (c) Matt Bristow
Stanislas Wawrinka world number 4 eyes up a forehand return. (c) Matt Bristow
Novak Djokovic reaches to make a low return on his way to beating Wawrinka. (c) Matt Bristow
My next game was in the other group and was a real crowd puller. GB’s own Andy Murray playing the ever popular Roger Federer. Federer had already qualified for the knockout stages. What followed was difficult to watch if you were a Murray fan as Federer systematically destroyed Murray in straight sets. Infact Murray only took one game all match! From where I was sitting it looked like Federer gifted him that as well!
Andy Murray was never allowed a look in
Roger Federer kept his cool and barely broke sweat.
For Andy Murray it must have been lonely sat in the break being 1 set down not having won a single game
Andy Murray sprints to return a drop shot.
Unfortunately the showdown between the world number 1 Djokovic and Number 2 Federer never happened as unusually Federer pulled out of the final moments before it was to start due to a back injury.
Which left Djokovic the winner of the 2014 ATP Tour Finals with hitting a ball in the final.
Novak Djokovic celebrates after dismissing Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets and ultimately winning the tournament
Here are a few of my favorites from the week. To see full galleries and for license information please visit SportsPix
Andy Murray the face says it all
Stanislas Wawrinka serves.
Stanislas Wawrinka serves.
Novak Djokovic digs out a return.
Thats for letting me have that game Rog!
Stanislas Wawrinka at the net
World Number 1 Novak Djokovic from Serbia plays World Number 4 Stan Wawrinka from Switzerland in the group B. Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2014. London O2 Arena. (c) Matt Bristow
Novak Djokovic serving
Novak Djokovic serving
Novak Djokovic focused on the shot.
Novak Djokovic. To be world number 1 you need to have your own custom shoes!
Events like this always attract celebrities this year I saw Alan Carr, Pippa Middleton and José Mourinho
As a Kent Photographer, to say planning this post was hard would be an understatement!
Looking through my catalog for 2013 which numbers around 50,000 images all edited! This year I really tried to be harsher and keep less! So what I have decided to do is to select just one image from every month and try and convey the impossible variety of work I do! So here goes. One image from each month, with not much comment…
Spent a bit of time this year shooting Premiership football for the guys at SportPix
Jussi Jaaskelainen (22) saves an Arsenal attempt
I shot less celebrity stuff this year. However I am still a bit undecided how much I’ll do in 2014.
Stars Denise Van Outen and Sarah Harding. Run For Your Wife Film Premier. Odeon Leicester Square,
This years motorsport season was the best yet. It was a conscious effort to focus a little more. The track days are still awesome fun and I’m looking forward to continuing a great relationship in 2014 as the official photographer at Lydden Hill where Willie Woods and his team are really making a gigantic difference.
Lydden Hill | BMCRC Sidecar Testing | 9th March 2013
IMG started running the FIA European Rallycross Championship with a restructure to the FIA Rallycross RX and wow! what a difference! Here’s possibly one of my favorite motorsport frames this year. I not only cover the European and British Rallycross Championships doing team media for a lot of drivers but also for www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk. Still at time of writing this I am trying to sort out plans to cover the newly announced World Rallycross Championship. Fingers crossed.
Kevin Errikson at 2013 FIA European Rallycross Championship, Round 1 Rallycross of Great Britain, presented by Monster Energy.
I probably shot more gigs this year than before. The head and shoulders most successful frame over everything else I shot is this one of Justin Young, lead singer of The Vaccines. Corbis keep sending me money for this frame, not sure where its being used, but long may it last!
Justin Young. The Vaccines play Margate Winter Gardens, Kent. 01/05/2013
Did a few Royal duties this year as well. Even to the point that prince Andrew tried to run me down in a golf cart!
Her Majesty The Queen visiting The Argyll & Sutherlander Highlanders, 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, (5 SCOTS) at Howe Barracks, Canterbury on Friday 28th June.
Holiday for the first time in years 🙂
Every so often I get to go and take pictures of my photographic heroes. I was lucky enough to do an editorial portrait shoot of John Cross who’s legendary images of Koo Stark are well known.
Photographer John Cross, who is exhibiting his work at the Golf Road Centre.
One of the few premiers did this year was ‘Diana’ unwittingly capturing David Emanuel as ‘another’ where in a couple of months after this he would be the toast of the UK down to his involvement in I’m a Celebrity!
David Emanuel. World Premier of Diana. Odean, London.
Did a wedding for a mate, was a great day more here
I shot a ton of sport this year. One of my favorite events was the ATP Finals for obvious reasons.
Barclays ATP World Finals. Group B singles match between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Roger Federer returns the ball.
This year more then any other I have shoot more regional press and editorial work. Its something I love more than anything else. Don’t get me wrong covering big high profile events or shooting celebrities is great but meeting everyday people who are doing ordinary things but also sometimes some extra-ordinary things is very, very rewarding. By the way I probably have shots of 50+ Santa’s from this year!
Herne Bay town centre, Mortimer Street. Christmas showcase market stalls during day & light switch on.
So that in a very, very small 12 picture nutshell was my year.
New year is a time to reflect and make resolutions. I think if its all the same to you I’ll just keep doing what I do!
However there’s a couple of things I’d like to do more of in 2014 the first just requires me to get out of bed and that shoot more landscapes! The second is that I have realized I haven’t worked with any models during 2013 and that’s something I’d like to do more of in 2014, so if you want to collaborate get in touch!
Happy New year to all friends and clients both new and old here’s to an awesome 2014.
What not to like about working indoors at Londons O2 Arena covering the ATP World Finals 2013. Especially when the weather is truly dreadful outside.
So at the beginning of November I was covering the ATP World Finals at the O2. I have not covered top level tennis before so I was looking forward to it. First game was a Group B singles match between Argentinian Juan Martin Del Portro and Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
Barclays ATP World Finals- Juan Martin Del Portro serves
Barclays ATP World Finals- Richard Gasquet
Juan Martin Del Portro come out winner in three sets. The following day I had another Group B match this time between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. At this point I want to point out that the Swiss are fanatical supporters of tennis. Not surprising as they had two players at the ATP World Finals Stanislas Wawrinka and of course Roger Federer.
With the strong support of the crowd Roger Federer was the clear crowd favorite. Which lifted him to pull back the second set by winning a tie break.
Barclays ATP World Finals – Roger Federer focused and driven
Barclays ATP World Finals – Roger Federer in between games
However, it was the tanasity and sheer athleticism of Novak Djokovic that won the day. It was clear he was the man to beat and indeed he went on to win the final and lift the trophy.
Barclays ATP World Finals – Novak Djokovic makes a dramatic return
Barclays ATP World Finals – Novak Djokovic drops a shot just over the net.
Barclays ATP World Finals – Novak Djokovic victorious
My third match was the deciding match in Group A between Rafael Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka. Where Rafael Nadal would win in just two sets but both were taken to a tie break.
Barclays ATP World Finals 2013 – Stanislas Wawrinka
Barclays ATP World Finals 2013 – Stanislas Wawrinka takes a break
Stanislas Wawrinka’s personalised shoes
Barclays ATP World Finals 2013 – Rafael Nadal an extreme athelete
Rafael Nadal wins the match and finishes the season as world number 1