The Next Gen ATP Finals is a brilliant new initiative, aimed at giving the next generation of stars of Men’s Professional Tennis a taste of what it what it would be like to play in the Nitto ATP Final, the traditional season-ending finals currently played in London.
Only players aged 21 and under are eligible to play in the Next Gen ATP Finals, which will take place between the 7-11 November at the Fiera Milano Stadium, Milan, Italy. The Tournament has currently agreed a 5-year deal with Tennis’ governing body.
However, the tournament has already lost some of its gloss as, because Alexander Zverev has become the youngest player to qualify for the ATP Finals in 10-years, he has opted to give the Next Gen Finals a miss to prepare for the bigger event.
The absence of Zverev, who would have been a warm-favourite, gives eight young starlets a chance to shine: Rublev, Khachanov, Shapovalov, Donaldson, Coric, Chung, Medvedev and Quinzi.
Outright Betting Guide
Chung 4/1, Coric 9/2, Rublev 6/1, Shapovalov 6/1, Khachanov 7/1, Medvedev 15/2, Donaldson 9/1, Quinzi 25/1.
Chung 15/8, Shapovalov 9/4, Rublev 12/5, Quinzi 25/1
This may be a young man’s ATP Finals, but with youth comes a severe lack of form compared to the main event. Only Chung and Rublev have met before at the highest-level, and it was Chung who fought back from losing the first set to win the next two sets 6-1 6-1. However, it is Rublev who comes into this week as the highest-ranked player, although he arrives here with little form after losing his last four matches. It’s a similar scenario for Shapovalov who, despite taking some big scalps this year, has only won 1 of his last 6 matches. Meanwhile, Quinzi does bring winning form to the event, but that was only a Challenger Tournament. Therefore, Chung is fancied to win the group, with Shapovalov possibly coming second.
Coric 9/4, Khachanov 11/4, Donaldson 3/1, Medvedev 10/3
Group B looks no easier, with Coric the only player with a win over one of his rivals, that win coming against Khachanov. However, at least Coric looks in some sort of form, as the Croat made it to the Round of 32 at last week’s Paris Masters, something which his opponents could not. Therefore, he’s fancied to top the group, despite being ranked 3 places behind Khachanov who could finish second to him.
As there’s not much form to go on, there’s not much reasoning behind this week’s selections, though current form suggests that the bookies probably have it right in making Chung and Coric the favourites. The two have played once before in Chennai, where Chung won 6-3 7-5, so he gets the vote to be the crowned the inaugural winner of the Next Gen ATP Finals.
Next Gen ATP Finals Tips
Group A Winner: Chung @ 15/8 BetVictor
Group B Winner: Coric @ 9/4 BetVictor
Outright Winner: Chung @ 4/1 BetVictor or Unibet