Top 10 Off-Court Moments of 2017: ATP tour attendance record is broken

by: Kamakshi Tandon | December 04, 2017

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Rafael Nadal's comeback was one of the stories of the season, and he definitely played his part in keeping fans interested in the ATP tour. (AP)

With the destination of the Davis Cup determined, the professional tennis season has come to a close. Thus, we begin our look back at 2017, a memorable year on and off the court. Our Top 10 On-Court Moments, and our Top 10 Off-Court Moments, will remind you of everything that transpired.

The season began with record crowds of 428,763 for the Australian Open, along with big TV viewership for the Federer-Nadal final. The French Open, which added an extra men's semifinal session, also had a record 472,000 attendance, as did the combined clay-court tournaments at Madrid and Rome. Madrid drew 268,228 and Rome 208,000 spectators.

More than 473,000 filled the stands at Wimbledon, which returned to a regular schedule following an extra day of play in 2016. There was a slight increase from around 700,000 spectators in 2016 at the US Open, despite an increase in some ticket prices.

Building on Denis Shapovalov's run to the semifinals, Montreal also hit its highest ever attendance, topping 216,000.

While there was no record for Indian Wells, attendance stayed robust with more than 450,000 at the tournament, and Miami also kept above its regular 300,000 level. The ATP Finals in London was down slightly, but still more than the 250,000 level. The ATP also announced a record 4.5 million across all its events for this season.

Bigger tournaments seem to have it better at the moment.

Rafael Nadal's brilliant season was one of the reasons that a record amount of fans attended ATP events in 2017:

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