Next Gen ATP Finals – Who’s in? Rules? Lesson’s Learnt?

The Next Gen finals is here. I have to be honest as ever and I am super excited for it. The top eight players under 21 who haven’t qualified for London will be at the Fiera Milano stadium as the tournament looks to progress from last years opener.

ATP’s Lesson’s Learnt?

Learning lessons is a big part of life and tennis and the ATP got the draw ceremony horribly wrong last year with models walking down a cat-walk with a player in hand and would remove an item of clothing to determine what group they were in.

It was one of the most bizarre and sexist opening ceremonies and we’ve seen some bizarre stuff before so here is hoping a lesson has been learnt.

Tennis lessons learnt?

I think some rules introduced still don’t have a place in the game but others do and the ones I do think the game can benefit from are;

  • No-ad scoring (server’s choice, adds to tension)
  • No lets
  • Shot clock – implemented on the tour by some federations
  • No tram lines

So, who is here?

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Denis Shapovalov
Alex De Minaur
Frances Tiafoe
Taylor Fritz
Andrey Rublev
Jaume Munar

The two players I have watched a lot this season are Tsitsipas and De Minaur. I really rate these guys and am excited to see how they do in Milan. Both have taken their games to another level and the some!

Shapovalov is an exciting talent I still feel like I’m waiting for a moment to happen this year but he is going to be one to keep an eye on.

The American duo of Tiafoe and Fritz I am still unconvinced about. I’ve seen some good performances from Fritz but nothing to write home about and with Tiafoe I just feel like when I watch him plan A works as well as hoped.

The other two?

Andrey Rublev, I like Rublev to be honest. He is hard hitting and has a good touch as well around the net. Has history for losing his rag a little but would have liked to have seen more this year.

Munar is the name that is unknown here. Most of his year has been played on the challenger tour but has wins against Rublev, Ferrer and Sousa and has given Djokovic and Monfils something to think about. I watched his win against Sousa in Barcelona and I like the way he just digs in.

This will be an exciting week of tennis in Milan next week as the stars of tomorrow go head to head.

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