#NextGenATP Players Excited For Inaugural Event
One year after the launch of the #NextGenATP campaign, six #NextGenATP players took to the stage at Indian Wells to talk about their early years on tour and an exciting new event.
Americans Taylor Fritz, Stefan Kozlov, Reilly Opelka; Russians Karen Khachanov, Daniil Medvedev; and Croatian Borna Coric all participated in a question-and-answer session with fans at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden ahead of the BNP Paribas Open. The players discussed how they feel to be included in the ATP World Tour's Next Generation, and they gave their thoughts on the inaugural #NextGenATP Finals.
The tournament, to take place 7-11 November in Milan, 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.
Fans are now able to register to get access to tickets for the #NextGenATP Finals when they become available. Click here to register.
All six players who were on stage will strive to reach Milan, but so far, Medvedev has performed the strongest. The 21-year-old right-hander sits at No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan. The Moscow native reached his first ATP World Tour final in January at the Aircel Chennai Open before falling to then No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut.
“It has been a great past 12 months for me and I will do my best to be in Milan and of course everyone who will be there, who qualifies to this event, they made an amazing year,” Medvedev said. “I will just be very happy to be there.”
Opelka, who's currently No. 18 in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan, said he's excited about the event and for the next decade of competing against his peers.
“It feels good,” said Opelka, who received a wild card into the BNP Paribas Open main draw. “I’m really looking forward to competing here this week and I’m really excited to be competing against these guys for hopefully maybe the next 10-15 years.”