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    ATP Next Gen Finals 11/6 - 11/10 2018

    Shapovalov, De Minaur, Tiafoe Qualify For Next Gen ATP Finals
    Eight of the world's best 21-and-under players will compete in Milan

    A trio of #NextGenATP leaders qualified for the Next Gen ATP Finals on Wednesday. Canada's Denis Shapovalov, Aussie Alex de Minaur and Frances Tiafoe of the U.S. joined Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas and German Alexander Zverev as players to have qualified for the prestigious 21-and-under event, to be held 6-10 November in Milan. (Zverev will not be playing in Milan because of his Nitto ATP Finals qualification.)

    The 19-year-old Shapovalov qualified for the second consecutive year. He fell just short of reaching the semi-finals at the Fiera Milano last year after a breakout season that saw him become the youngest ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-finalist in history (since 1990).

    The left-hander has backed up his 2017. He made another Masters 1000 semi-final in Madrid, becoming the youngest semi-finalist in tournament history. Shapovalov also reached the semi-finals at the Delray Beach Open and the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships 2018 in Tokyo.

    De Minaur's 2018 rise, however, might be the most drastic of anyone on the ATP World Tour. In December, the #NextGenATP Aussie was No. 210 in the ATP Rankings. This week, the 19-year-old reached a career-high No. 31 and could be even higher when he heads to Milan, as he's defending only 30 points the remainder of the regular season.

    De Minaur, then 18, started the year by making the semi-finals at the Brisbane International (l. to Harrison) and the final at the Sydney International (l. to Medvedev). He was the youngest player to reach semi-finals in consecutive weeks since Rafael Nadal at the 2005 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

    In August, the 19-year-old De Minaur became the youngest Citi Open finalist since Andy Murray in 2006. De Minaur fell to Zverev in the Washington final, which was the youngest ATP World Tour title match since Rafael Nadal, 20, and Novak Djokovic, 19, at the 2007 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

    Tiafoe reached two ATP World Tour finals and jumped more than 60 spots in the ATP Rankings this year, from No. 108 in January to No. 45 this week.

    In February, the 20-year-old won his maiden ATP World Tour title in Delray Beach, beating Juan Martin del Potro, 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals titlist Hyeon Chung, Shapovalov and German Peter Gojowczyk.

    Tiafoe became the first wild-card recipient to win the title in the tournament's 26-year history, and he became the youngest American champion on tour since Andy Roddick, 19, at 2002 Houston.

    In May, on the Estoril clay, Tiafoe reached his second ATP World Tour final, falling to home favourite Joao Sousa.

    Eight of the world's best 21-and-under players will compete at the Next Gen ATP Finals. The top seven spots will be determined by the ATP Race To Milan, which ends 29 October, while the eighth spot will be reserved for the winner of an all-Italian qualifier tournament to be held just prior to the Next Gen ATP Finals.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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    Re: ATP Next Gen Finals 11/6 - 11/10 2018

    Qualified List

    1 Alexander Zverev
    2 Stefanos Tsitsipas
    3 Denis Shapovalov
    4 Alex de Minaur
    5 Frances Tiafoe

    6 Taylor Fritz
    7 Andrey Rublev
    8 Jaume Munar
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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    Re: ATP Next Gen Finals 11/6 - 11/10 2018

    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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    Re: ATP Next Gen Finals 11/6 - 11/10 2018

    Read & Watch: 5 Things To Know About Munar, Who Qualified For Milan

    Spaniard set to make his debut at the Next Gen ATP Finals

    Jaume Munar comes from one of the best-known islands in the tennis world: Mallorca, land of World No. 1s. Two of the three players with a Spanish passport who held or hold the No. 1 spot in the ATP Rankings hail from that island: Carlos Moya and current No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

    Munar, however, is far from being overwhelmed by that heritage. The 21-year-old has followed his own path to break into the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings this season. And on Thursday, he qualified for the Next Gen ATP Finals, the 21-and-under event to be held 6-10 November at the Fiera Milano.

    Here are five things to know about 'Jimbo':

    1. He Has A Very Special Bond With Nadal

    Munar trains at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar. But that is not the only link that binds him to Nadal, who advises and shares his knowledge with the #NextGenATP player whenever he can.

    Like his mentor, Munar loves spending time at the sea and playing golf, two of the things that relax him the most and make him switch off from everything when he is at home. The first thing he does when he returns from tournaments is go for a walk around Puerto de Cala Figuera, his hometown and favourite place in the world.

    Nadal has followed the progression of the young player of Santanyí and has even watched some of Munar's matches in person. The young Spaniard also has Tomeu Salvà, one of Nadal's best friends, as one of his coaches (Pedro Clar is also part of his coaching team).

    2. He's The Youngest Spanish Player in the Top 100

    Spain has 10 players in the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings. A golden generation that has Munar as the youngest of a group includes the likes of Pablo Carreno Busta, Roberto Carballes Baena, Roberto Bautista Agut, and of course, Nadal, the holder of a record 33 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles.

    3. He Is A Member Of The Real Club de Tenis Barcelona

    The Real Club de Tenis Barcelona, a historic club in which the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell takes place, has Munar as its member. The 21-year-old is part of the club where players such as Nadal, Fabio Fognini, Pablo Carreno Busta, Feliciano Lopez, Tommy Robredo and #NextGenATP Russian Andrey Rublev are also members. Rublev beat Munar in the 2014 Roland Garros junior boys' final.

    4. His First Grand Slam Win Came Against An Idol

    Munar's first Grand Slam win as a professional came this year in memorable and dramatic fashion. Munar won his first-round contest at Roland Garros by beating his idol David Ferrer, 2013 runner-up and former World No. 3.

    The Majorcan, who qualified, made an epic comeback from two sets to love down and 3-5 down in the final set. Although his stay at Roland Garros ended when Novak Djokovic beat him in the second round, Munar took advantage of the great experience in Paris and used the momentum to later win consecutive titles on the ATP Challenger Tour, in Prostejov and Caltanissetta.

    5. He's A Motivated Learner and An Avid Reader

    Munar enjoys reading a lot in his free time and seeks to continue learning whenever he has time. He started studying economics at university, and although he had to stop because he spends long periods away from home on the ATP World Tour, Munar does not miss the opportunity to continue learning through reading and documentaries.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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    Re: ATP Next Gen Finals 11/6 - 11/10 2018

    26 October 2018


    LONDON — For the first time in men’s professional tennis, Video Review will be used by officials at the Next Gen ATP Finals, the ATP’s ground-breaking season-ending event for the world’s best 21-and-under players, set to take place in Milan, Italy, from 6-10 November.

    The Video Review, delivered using advanced Hawk-Eye technology, will provide opportunities for players to challenge any judgement calls from the Chair Umpire such as Not-Ups, Foul Shots, Touches, or Invasion*. The incorporation of Video Review in Milan represents the latest innovation by the ATP at its bold and ambitious season-ending event for the best 21-and-under players in men’s professional tennis.

    Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: “Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at the Next Gen ATP Finals, and we’re looking towards the future in all aspects of this tournament. Adding Video Review will give players a new tool that will further enhance the officiating in our sport. The Next Gen ATP Finals continue to position the ATP at the forefront of innovation in tennis as we also look to deliver on our mission to provide a global stage for the future stars of the ATP World Tour.”

    Gayle David Bradshaw, Executive Vice President, ATP Rules & Competition, said: “Controversy with these types of decisions are rare but when they do occur they can be particularly unsettling for players. We do not expect a lot of challenges, but should any instances arise, this technology will ensure the correct decision is reached.”

    The Hawk-Eye technology behind the Video Review will use video feeds from all television cameras so that the Video Review operator can quickly search footage to find the correct angle for the decision to be made. The relevant footage will be sent to the Chair Umpire’s tablet who will review the video and decide whether to uphold or overturn the original call. All relevant footage will be played out to the in-house spectators on large video boards in real time, as well as on broadcast, to take the audience even closer to the action. There will be no limit to the number of Video Review challenges a player is able to make.

    Future use of Video Review could include decisions on whether to award the point or replay the point in the case of a corrected out to good call by an official. In Milan, however, such instances will not arise as all calls made by Hawk-Eye Live are final.

    Peter Irwin, Hawk-Eye Innovations Solutions Director, said: "We are delighted to be partnering with the ATP on this ground-breaking introduction of Video Review into professional tennis. Having had years of experience providing our SMART Replay technology for officiating purposes in many other sports, we firmly believe it can bring huge benefits to tennis. Tennis fans are used to Hawk-Eye's ball tracking technology being used to decide if a ball is in or out, but Video Review will work alongside this to assist officials make the correct decision on other judgement calls. With Hawk-Eye Live again being used in Milan to call the lines live, the use of Video Review to help adjudicate on all other decisions means the players at this year's Next Gen ATP Finals will get the highest level of officiating they've ever had."

    The 2018 tournament will continue with many of the innovations trialed at the inaugural event, with the addition of the Video Review, a further reduced warm-up (4 minutes), as well as the incorporation a towel rack at the back of the court which will remove the onus on all ball kids to handle player towels.

    The 2017 edition of the Next Gen ATP Finals, held in partnership with the Italian Tennis Federation and the Italian National Olympic Committee, was one of the boldest integrated presentations of innovation in sport to date. The tournament, which is set to stay in Milan through to 2021, comes at a key time when innovation is being widely considered across the highest levels of the sport. The success of the inaugural tournament was recognized at the Yahoo Sports Technology Awards in London, where ATP & ATP Media won the Most Innovative Governing Body or Rights Holder Award, as well as at the Leaders Sports Awards, where the tournament was recognized with the award for Best Innovation.


    • Not-Ups – double bounces
    • Foul Shots – for example, deliberate double hits or carry; or hitting the ball before it has passed the net; the ball, prior to bouncing, hits a permanent fixture; or the racquet is not in the player's hand when touched by the ball.
    • Touches – ball skimming racquet, clothing or body; or if a player, or anything he is wearing or carrying, touches the net, net posts/singles sticks while the ball is still in play.
    • Invasion – player, or anything he is wearing or carrying, touches the opponent's side of the court while the ball is in play.


    About the Next Gen ATP Finals

    The Next Gen ATP Finals is the season-ending tournament for the world’s best 21-and-Under players. The tournament features the best seven qualified players of the season (as determined by the ATP Rankings on Monday 29 October 2018), plus one wild card, battling for US$ 1.335 million in prize money over five days of competition. As well as providing a platform to promote the stars of tomorrow, the tournament will also provide an opportunity to trial new rules and innovation in the sport. The event, run in partnership with the Italian Tennis Federation and the Italian Olympic Committee, is set to take place in Milan through 2021.

    About the Italian Tennis Federation

    The Italian Tennis Federation (FIT) was born on May 18th 1910 in Florence, with 26 clubs affiliated and with the Marquise Pietro Antinori as President. The current president is Angelo Binaghi. The FIT, that counts now 370,000 members, has the aim to regulate, develop and promote tennis in Italy. Such as all other recognised Italian sport Federations, the FIT joins the CONI, the Italian National Olympic Committee, and it works together with the ITF, the International Tennis Federation.

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    Re: ATP Next Gen Finals 11/6 - 11/10 2018

    Group A:

    Tsitsipas, Tiafoe, Hurkacz, Munar

    Group B:

    Caruana, Rublev, Fritz, De Minaur

    Full Group Selfie Photo:

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    Re: ATP Next Gen Finals 11/6 - 11/10 2018

    Why is Shapovalov not playing?
    "And for my next fearless prediction..."

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    Re: ATP Next Gen Finals 11/6 - 11/10 2018

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff in TX View Post
    Why is Shapovalov not playing?
    Exhaustion. Can't remember which thread (maybe illness/injury?), but someone posted something like "tough end of the season for Canadians" or something to that effect and it was listed there.

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    Re: ATP Next Gen Finals 11/6 - 11/10 2018

    Not got much interest in this, but defo rioting for Tiafo to win, and might watch Munar play if I’m bored at home

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    No models demeaning themselves this year then?

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    I feel better about not having heard of Liam Caruana now that I see he's world 622. The first Caruana that comes up via Google is a chess whiz.

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    Yeah, I definitely haven't heard of him before. I'm unfamiliar with the setup of Next Gen since I basically ignore it, but I guess they have a slot that's open for qualifiers. I realized this only yesterday when searching for the TV schedule. I'm assuming it's just the one spot and you have to be age qualified. And Caruana is the player that came through qualifying. A nice opportunity for him though and I'd assume a potential game changer in his development with the check he'll get from this compared to what he's been getting in prize money.

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    It still feels like such a "forced" event to me. "Look, these are STARS!!! Look!!!"
    It will be shown here but I really doubt I will see any of it. Specially if they keep the weird format.
    Missing winter...

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