07:25 PM GMT April 18, 2017
It's the exciting new showcase of great, young talent on the ATP World Tour and here is your chance to be a part of it. Beginning now, you can purchase tickets for the #NextGenATP Finals in Milan.
The tournament, to take place 7-11 November, will feature the world's top eight 21-and-under singles players. #NextGenATP star Alexander Zverev is currently leading the season-long Emirates ATP Race To Milan, which will track the progress of #NextGenATP players throughout the year. The top seven players in the race will qualify automatically, while the eighth spot will be reserved for a wild card.
Zverev has started strong this season. The 6'6” right-hander reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final last month at the Miami Open presented by Itau. En route, the 19-year-old German knocked off World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka to improve to 2-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry.
Earlier this season, in February, Zverev beat Richard Gasquet at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier to take his second ATP World Tour title.
Just behind Zverev, at No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan standings, is an exciting new face on the ATP World Tour, Russia's Daniil Medvedev. The 21 year old celebrated his first ATP World Tour final in January at the Aircel Chennai Open before falling to then-No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain. The Moscow native then reached back-to-back quarter-finals in Montpellier and Marseille.
At No. 3 in the race is 18-year-old Norwegian Casper Ruud, who reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final in February at the Rio Open presented by Claro. Russian 19-year-old Andrey Rublev and two Americans, 20-year-old Jared Donaldson and 19-year-old Taylor Fritz, who received the Emirates ATP Star Of Tomorrow last season, round out the top six.
In addition to great tennis, the #NextGenATP Finals will feature an exciting new dimension for fans. The tournament will trial a number of innovations with a view of ensuring continued growth in the popularity of men’s professional tennis.
The event will award US$1.275 million in prize money, and will follow a similar format to the ATP Finals, with a round-robin group stage followed by knock-out semi-finals and a final. While Emirates ATP Rankings points will serve as the criteria for entry, the tournament itself will not carry points.