Zverev, Djokovic Keen On Next Gen ATP Finals Innovation
Overlooking the clay courts of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Tuesday, the ATP World Tour announced at a press conference the new rules for the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in November in Milan.
The new event is the buzz around the ATP World Tour as players are excited for the fresh innovation and keen to see it in action.
“I’m excited about the event. I think the ATP has done a great job organising it, because we do have a strong group of guys who are playing great and who are getting up the rankings,” Alexander Zverev, the current leader in the Emirates ATP Race to Milan, said after his first-round win in Rome. “I think it's going to be [a] very interesting event. I think they are doing a great job to promote it. It's going to be a very fun event.”
“It's good. The young guys deserve to have event like this, and it's kind of a second-biggest season finale that [the] ATP has next to the ATP Finals,” said World No.2 Novak Djokovic in his post-match press conference. “I have played in Milan last September with Rafa [Nadal] and I played in that arena where they are going to play the Next Gen Finals, so I'm sure it's going to be a great event.
“In terms of introducing new things and new rules to the tennis, I think everything is evolving in life and sport does, too. Tennis has to be open-minded for these kind of new potential changes.”
ATP Executive Chairman & President Chris Kermode said ahead of the press conference: “We’re excited to be bringing something new to the table with this event. The sports & entertainment landscape is changing rapidly, as are the ways in which fans are consuming our sport. This event is not only about the next generation of players, but also about the next generation of fans. We’ve created this new tournament precisely to allow us to look at some potential new elements, in a high-profile environment. We remain acutely aware of the traditions in our sport, and we will be sure to safeguard the integrity of our product when assessing if any changes should eventually be carried forward onto regular ATP World Tour events in the future.”