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Next Gen ATP Finals

Played for the first time in 2017, the Next Gen ATP Finals were created as a showcase for the best young talents on the ATP World Tour, who will hopefully go on to lead the tour in years to come.

With men’s tennis dominated for the past decade and more by the Big Four of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, all of whom are now over 30, there is a pressing need to demonstrate that the future of the ATP World Tour is as bright as its past. Hence the creation of the Next Gen ATP Finals, which will be held in Milan for the first five years of its existence.

A complementary event to the ATP World Tour Finals, the Next Gen ATP Finals features a similar eight-player format, with the players divided into two groups of four and competing in round-robin. The two players who finish top of the group will progress to the semifinals. The two players who lose in the semifinals will compete in a third-place playoff prior to the final. The Next Gen ATP Finals does not offer ranking points but does offer US$ 1.275 in total prize money.

Qualification for the Next Gen ATP Finals is tracked by the Emirates Race to Milan, which tracks the points accumulated throughout the calendar year by all players aged 21 and under. The top seven players in the Race to Milan qualify for the Next Gen ATP Finals, with the eighth place to go to the champion of a pre-tournament qualifying event for the best Italian players aged 21 and under.

To be played at the Fieramilano complex, the Next Gen ATP Finals feature various rule innovations which will be trialed at the season-ending event with a view to making tennis more fast-paced, interactive and fun. Matches will be best of five sets, with each set decided by first to four games, a tie break at 3-3 and no-ad scoring; warm-ups will be shorter, with a shot clock strictly enforcing adherence to a 5-minute warm-up and 25 seconds between points; players will be limited to one medical time out per match; coaching will be allowed at certain points and fans are allowed to move around the stadium freely during the match. 

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