Inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals Set In Milan | Zverev First In
The inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals, to feature the best of tennis’ fast moving younger generation, will be staged November 7-11, 2017 at the Fiera Milano, Italy. Smart move by the ATP because these talents are impressive and very exciting to watch.
Eight of the world’s top 21-and-under players will compete for total prize money of US$ 1.275 million during the season-ending tournament, which will feature a series of rule changes and innovations to be tested.
20-year-old Alexander (Sascha) Zverev was the first to quality. He compete in and won his sixth final of the season last month when he battled Roger Federer for the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown in Canada. Only Rafael Nadal, seven, and Federer, six, have reached as many or more finals this season.
“I’m excited to have qualified for the first Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan,” said Zverev. “It’s been a great season so far and I hope it can get even better in the coming weeks.”
Zverev, after winning his maiden title last September at the St. Petersburg Open (d. Wawrinka), has raced to the top of the Emirates ATP Race to Milan this season with deep runs on every surface. In February, he won the indoor hard-court title at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier (d. Gasquet). The 6’6” Zverev backed that title up with two clay-court crowns – the BMW Open by FWU in Munich (d. Pella) and the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, where he defeated then World-No. 2 Novak Djokovic to become the youngest Masters 1000 titleist since a 19-year-old Djokovic won the 2007 Miami Open presented by Itau. On grass, Zverev reached another final, falling to Federer at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle. But the German quickly returned to his winning ways, taking the Citi Open crown on the Washington, D.C. hard courts for his first ATP World Tour 500-level trophy.
Others Next Gen – ers in the race I call then #NOWGen because they are taking down the top players) include: Denis Shapovalov, Karen Khachanov, Andrey Rublev, Frances Tiafoe, Tommy Paul, Daniil Medvedev, Hyeon Chung, and Jared Donaldson. Here’s the ATP race chart.