What's At Stake In Paris: Ruud, Sinner On Nitto ATP Finals Bubble
Casper Ruud and Jannik Sinner are both in strong positions to clinch the final two Nitto ATP Finals singles berths in Turin, ahead of the start of the Rolex Paris Masters, but three other players — Hubert Hurkacz, Cameron Norrie and Felix Auger-Aliassime — also remain in contention for the 14-21 November season finale at the Pala Alpitour.
Ruud, a winner of five ATP Tour titles this season, has 3,105 points in the FedEx ATP Race To Turin and is just 90 points ahead of eighth-placed Sinner (3,015), who sits in the final automatic qualification spot and beat the Norwegian en route to last week's Erste Bank Open semi-finals. They will be hoping to keep matters in their owns hands at the final ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the year.
Put simply, Ruud will qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time if he reaches the Paris final, while Sinner can join fellow Italian Matteo Berrettini in Turin should he lift his fifth trophy of 2021 in the French capital.
Poland’s Hurkacz (currently 2,955 points), a three-time titlist in 2021, and recent BNP Paribas Open champion Norrie (2,875 points), who have both compiled career-best seasons, may also become first-time qualifiers with a title run. The FedEx ATP Race To Turin is set to end at the Stockholm Open, with the conclusion of the regular ATP Tour season on 13 November.
Current FedEx ATP Race To Turin As Of 31 October 2021
|7th) Casper Ruud||3,105|
|8th) Jannik Sinner||3,015|
|9th) Rafael Nadal*||2,985|
|10th) Hubert Hurkacz||2,955|
|11th) Cameron Norrie||2,875|
|12th) Felix Auger-Aliassime||2,420|
*Out for rest of 2021 due to foot injury
Additionally, four teams — Kevin Krawietz/Horia Tecau, Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares, Simone Bolelli/Santiago Gonzalez and Filip Polasek/John Peers — are vying to secure the last two doubles spots at the Nitto ATP Finals.
Krawietz and Tecau, who are currently seventh in the FedEx ATP Doubles Team Rankings on 3,110 points, will clinch their spot by advancing to the Paris doubles final, while last week’s Erste Bank Open champion Murray and Soares (eighth position on 2,915 points) could stamp their Turin ticket with the Paris title.