De Minaur, Tiafoe Lead #NextGenATP In Milan; When Is The Draw & More
Alex de Minaur finished runner-up to Stefanos Tsitsipas last November in Milan, and will look to go one better this year as the top seed at the 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals. The 20-year-old Australian has won three ATP Tour titles this season, and broke into the Top 20 on Monday after reaching the ATP 500-level final at the Swiss Indoors Basel (l. to Federer).
American Frances Tiafoe, who is set to be the No. 2 seed, also returns to Milan for a second straight year. The returning qualifiers will be joined at the award-winning 21-and-under event by Ugo Humbert, Casper Ruud, Miomir Kecmanovic, Mikael Ymer, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Italian wild card Jannik Sinner.
The third edition of the Next Gen ATP Finals will see the continuation of a number of innovations, including a best-of-five set format, shorter sets to 4 (tie-break at 3-All) and No-Ad scoring. Other innovations include Electronic Line Calling through Hawk-Eye Live, a 25-second Shot Clock, In-Match player coaching via head-sets, Video Review and more. Players will also be permitted to use wearable technology in competition for the first time on the ATP Tour.
This year’s tournament will also see the return of the traditional ‘let’ rule, following the decision to bring to a close the ‘no let’ trial that was in place across the first two editions of the event.
Here's all you need to know about the Milan tennis tournament: what is the schedule, where to watch, who has won and more.
Tournament Dates: 5-9 November 2019
Tournament Director: Ross Hutchins
Draw Ceremony: Saturday, 2 November, at 7:30pm
* Main draw round-robin: Tuesday - Thursday: Match 1 at 2:00pm, Match 2 follows (not before 3:00pm on 6 & 7 November). Match 3 at 7:30pm, Match 4 follows.
* Semi-finals: Friday at 7:00pm & 9:00pm
* Singles final: Saturday, 9 November not before 3:00pm
Venue: Allianz Cloud
Prize Money: $1,400,000
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Honour Roll (Open Era)
Most Titles: Hyeon Chung, Stefanos Tsitsipas (1)
Oldest Champion: Hyeon Chung, 21, in 2017
Youngest Champion: Stefanos Tsitsipas, 20, in 2018
Lowest-Ranked Champion: No. 54 Hyeon Chung in 2017
Most Match Wins: Andrey Rublev (6)
Singles:  Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) d.  Alex de Minaur (AUS) 24 41 43(3) 43(3) Read & Watch
Did You Know...The first two champions of the Next Gen ATP Finals, Hyeon Chung and Stefanos Tsitsipas, went on to reach the Australian Open semi-finals the following year.