The draw ceremony for the 2016 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals took place on Monday afternoon in London. Newly-christened world No. 1 Andy Murray was joined in Group A by Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, and Marin Cilic. Novak Djokovic’s group also includes Milos Raonic, Gael Monfils, and Dominic Thiem.
Raonic is questionable to participate because of a quadriceps injury sustained at the BNP Paribas Masters. The fourth-ranked Canadian was forced to give Murray, the eventual Paris champion, a walkover in the semifinals. If Raonic cannot play, first alternate Tomas Berdych would take his spot in London.
Group John McEnroe
1) Andy Murray
3) Stan Wawrinka
5) Kei Nishikori
7) Marin Cilic
Group Ivan Lendl
2) Novak Djokovic
4) Milos Raonic
6) Gael Monfils
8) Dominic Thiem
“Once you’re out on the court, you don’t think about your ranking,” Murray said via a conference call after the groups were revealed. “You’re playing against the top eight players in the world. I look forward to getting out there and playing at the O2. I’ll try and take a few days rest now, start hitting again on Thursday. I need a few days’ break.
“It will be one big push for all the guys. Everyone has played a lot of tennis and hopefully everyone can play well.”
The year-end championship begins on Sunday, with Djokovic facing Thiem in the opening singles match. Raonic and Monfils will contest the nightcap. Murray will play his first match on Monday night against Cilic in a rematch of the Cincinnati Masters final.