ATP announce exciting new changes to be introduced at this year's Next-Gen ATP Finals

Next Gen ATP Finals

The ATP have announced exciting new changes which will be used on a trial basis at this year's Next-Gen Finals in Milan.

The event, which is designed to serve as a stepping board for young talents within the game, will take bold initiatives that could change the future of the sport in the long-term.

In a press conference held in Rome on Tuesday, the ATP have announced that changes will be tried and tested throughout the event, which was won last year by South Korean youngster, Hyeon Chung.

The ATP Next-Gen tournament at Fiera Milano will run from November 6-10th this year and will see player warm-ups before matches reduced from five minutes to four.

Players will also be instructed to use a towel rack at the back of the court, taking the responsibility away from ball kids who currently assume the role.

Additionally, there will be free crowd movement within the stadium and a limit of one medical time-out per match.

After the success of last year, innovations such as the best-of-five sets (but first to four games) format, no-Ad scoring, no-lets, a 25-second Shot Clock, and in-match player coaching via head-sets will also be back for the second edition.

ATP Executive Chairman and President, Chris Kermode, said: “This tournament has done exactly what it set out to in terms of giving our younger generation a real global platform.

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"If you look at continued progress of some of last year’s qualifiers, such as Zverev, Chung, Coric, Shapovalov, among others, their progress is there for all to see.

"This year the likes of Tsitsipas and Tiafoe have stepped up in a big way and are clearly ones to watch. These guys are going to be at the top of the game for years to come, and we’re delighted that this tournament will continue to shine a light on our future stars."

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