Next Generation ATP Finals Betting Tips & Predictions, as the best young stars in tennis meet in Milan for the season-ending Next Gen ATP Finals.
The 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals will be held between Tuesday November 5th and Saturday November 9th in Milan, Italy, at the PalaLido Allianz Cloud. The Next Gen ATP Finals was first established back in 2017, and so this will be only the 3rd edition of the tournament. The tournament is played on indoor hard courts, and it features an 8-man field. The players will be competing for over £1million in prize money. If a player was to go unbeaten throughout the tournament, they would receive roughly £330,000 in prize money. However, an eventual champion who loses a match at some point throughout the tournament will receive £190,000. The runner-up at this year’s tournament will receive a consolation prize of approximately £108,000.
The tournament sees the eight players split into two groups of four. The four players in each group will all face one another once, with the top two players from each group qualifying for the semi-finals, where the tournament becomes a straight knock-out event. The Next Gen Finals are also known for their differing rules to the ATP Tour. The matches are all best-of-five-sets, while each set is first to 4 games, opposed to the traditional 6 games. The tie-break is played should a set reach 3-3, opposed to 6-6. A number of other rules include No-Ad scoring, coaching via head-sets, video reviews and electronic line calling via Hawk-Eye.
In order for players to have been eligible to qualify for this tournament, they had to be no older than 21 at the start of the season. From there, the seven players who earned the most ranking points on the ATP Tour during the season qualified for the tournament automatically. The eighth spot in the tournament was reserved for a wild card, and that player is usually a player from the host country.
Alex de Minaur
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
South Korean ace Hyeon Chung won the inaugural staging of this tournament back in 2017, while Greek ace Stefanos Tsitsipas was the champion twelve months ago.
2018 – Stefanos Tsitsipas
2017 – Hyeon Chung
Stefanos Tsitsipas was still eligible to defend his title this year, and the Greek ace did qualify for the tournament as the top seed. Tsitsipas also qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals, however, and as such he opted to withdraw this week in order to be fully prepared for London. Paris Masters finalist Denis Shapovalov has withdrawn in recent days. Shapovalov has cited fatigue as his reason for pulling out of the tournament. Meanwhile, fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime also qualified for the tournament by right. However, the youngster was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to an injury he’s recently picked up.
Notable Absentees (Ranking)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (6)
Denis Shapovalov (15)
Felix Auger-Aliassime (21)
Alex de Minaur will be the favourite to walk away with the title this week, following a great season for the Australian. De Minaur is up to a career high number 18 in the world, while he’s won three ATP titles already this season. This will be de Minaur’s 2nd appearance at these Finals, and he was the beaten finalist on his debut here last season. The top seed is also coming into the tournament in fantastic form, after winning 11 of his last 15 matches. Can Alex de Minaur go one better than last year and win the 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals?
American ace Frances Tiafoe has had an up-and-down season, but he would’ve been hoping for slightly better results. The American ace started the year by reaching a maiden grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open, while he’s gone on to reach a handful of other quarter-finals since. However, he’s not reached a semi-final all season and so he’ll have been slightly disappointed with her year. Meanwhile, Frenchman Ugo Humbert has had a great year. The twenty-one-year-old has won three Challenger titles this year, while he’s reached multiple semi-finals on the ATP Tour. Humbert is also one of the form players coming into these Finals, having won 8 of his last 10 matches.
Casper Ruud has had a quietly impressive season. The Norwegian ace has the second highest ATP Tour win-rate of anyone in the field this week, at 55.56%. Ruud reached the final of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships back in April, while he also reached the semi-finals in Sao Paulo earlier in the year. However, Ruud’s form has tailed off in recent months, and he’s coming into these Finals having only won 3 of his last 8 matches.
Miomir Kecmanovic, Mikael Ymer and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina have all benefited from withdrawals from the tournament, and all three will make their tournament debuts this year. Kecmanovic reached the Antalya Open final over the summer, while he’s played in a lot of tournaments on the main ATP Tour this year. However, the Serbian ace is not playing well right now, and he’s coming into this tournament having won just 1 of his last 7 matches. Mikael Ymer, on the other hand, has won 14 of his last 17 matches, while he’s won 4 Challenger titles this season. Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina earned his place at the tournament just a couple of days ago, and he’ll be looking to take advantage of his opportunity. Fokina has won 2 Challenger titles this season, while he’s won 23 of his last 28 matches coming into this.
Meanwhile, Italian ace Jannik Sinner received the wild card this year. The eighteen-year-old has won 2 Futures and 2 Challenger titles this season, while he also reached the final of another Challenger event. The teenage star reached his maiden ATP semi-final at the Antwerp Open just a few weeks ago, and so he’s going to be coming into this tournament feeling confident right now. Sinner has won 7 of his last 10 matches, and he’s going to have the full support of the crowd this week. Will we see the first Italian winner of the Next Gen ATP Finals in 2019?
In what should be an entertaining week of tennis, which rising stars will impress in Milan?
Alex de Minaur is the pre-tournament favourite for a reason, as the Australian ace is coming into this tournament in fantastic form. De Minaur won the Zhuhai Championships just over a month ago, while he also reached the final of the Swiss Indoors a couple of weeks ago. The twenty-year-old has won 11 of his last 15 matches ahead of this tournament, while he also reached the final here last season and so he has the experience of going deep at this tournament. The Australian ace has an ATP Tour win-rate of 63.27% this season, the highest of anyone in the field, and the top seed is the player to beat this week.
Wildcard Jannik Sinner has been in impressive form in recent weeks, and he might be the surprise package of the tournament. The eighteen-year-old has had an impressive year so far, winning a handful of Challenger and Futures titles. The Italian ace has also been impressing on the main ATP Tour in the final few weeks of the season, and he reached the semi-finals in Antwerp just a few weeks ago. Sinner will also have the support of the majority of the crowd this week, as he’s the only Italian in the draw, and that support should spur him on and give him an advantage over the rest of the field.