Following a first-round victory of Alexander Bublik at the Rolex Shanghai Masters, 20-year-old Félix Auger-Aliassime has qualified for the prestigious Next Gen ATP Finals competition in Milan, Italy, taking place from November 5th-9th, 2019.
What. A. Year. 😍
— Next Gen ATP Finals (@nextgenfinals) October 8, 2019
The round-robin tournament features a line-up of the top eight 21-and-younger ATP players on tour, currently headlined by World No. 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas, who incidentally is Auger-Aliassime’s opponent in the next round in Shanghai.
In addition to being a showcase for the next generation of men’s tennis talent, the Next Gen ATP Finals serves as a guinea pig for testing new tennis innovations, including an abbreviated scoring system, automatic line-calling and on-court coaching.
During Andrey Rublev's lengthy blister timeout, some coffee talk with Denis Shapovalov and his coach Martin Laurendau in Milan. pic.twitter.com/vrtdREKx9P
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Rounding out the current field of qualified players is Australia’s Alex de Minaur, a three-time titlist on the ATP Tour this year and likely the second-youngest player in the line-up after Auger-Aliassime.
Also in contention is 20-year-old Denis Shapovalov, who has had a resurgent latter half of the season and moves within just a few wins away from securing his qualification for the Next Gen ATP Finals, where over $400,000 US is on the line for an undefeated champion.
(Feature photo: ATP Tour)