The Italian Jannik Sinner has surprisingly won the Next Generation ATP Finals on Saturday in Milan. The number 95 in the world was too strong for Australian Alex de Minaur in the final.
Eighteen-year-old Sinner, who was admitted by the organization with a wildcard, settled in three sets with De Minaur: 4-2, 4-1 and 4-2. The game on the Italian hard court took just over an hour to complete.
Last year, twenty-year-old De Minaur also reached the final of the Next Gen Finals. The number eighteen in the world then had to acknowledge his superior in the Greek Stéfanos Tsitsipás, who will participate in the prestigious ATP Finals in London from Sunday. There, the eight best players of the season compete against each other.
The seven best tennis players under 21 years of age and an Italian wildcard holder will participate in the Next Gen Finals. The tournament has, among other things, a shorter set and the abolition of deuce special rules.
Sinner earned $ 250,000 (converted nearly € 227,000) with his title. With its eighteenth position in the world ranking, the Minaur was the highest ranked player in Milan. The Canadians Félix Auger-Aliassime (ATP-19) and Denis Shapovalov (ATP-28) opted out of the tournament.
The Next Gen ATP Finals are on the calendar from 2017. The South Korean Chung Hyeon was the first winner of the tournament two years ago, which will also be held in Milan for the next two seasons.