The Next Gen ATP Finals seemed like a fascinating concept when it started, and it's proven to be a huge success. It's a pretty unique event because it features a slightly different format and a new set of rules, which adds a bit of flavor to it.
It's basically a showcase of the sport's next big talents, which you can see from the list of past winners. Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz played and won this event, and today they're some of the best players in the world. So, who are the players who will fight it out this year? Let's meet them.
The rising French star is probably the best-known tennis player out of the field because he's actually been prominently featured on the ATP Tour. He's ranked in the Top 40 with a 39-23 record this year.
Arthur Fils has a powerful serve and a great forehand, which allowed him to dominate indoors. He's the biggest talent out of France in recent years, so remember the name.
Luca Van Assche
Luca Van Assche is another 19-year-old French player who has played on the Challenger Tour for a while. He had some good showings on the ATP Tour as well, finishing the year with a 33-28 record and being ranked 66th in the world.
He's got an all-court game with precise baseline play, making him an excellent player. He'll be that for many more years to come.
Dominic Stricker is a fascinating player with a nasty lefty forehand that has been doing some damage on the ATP Tour for a while. He's featured chiefly as a wild card in Swiss events such as the Swiss Indoors but had some fantastic performances this year, such as the US Open run.
Stricker finished the year inside the Top 100 ranked 92nd with a 36-22 record.
Michelsen is just one of the many American talents emerging in recent years. He's played mostly on the Challenger Tour with similar success to Ben Shelton, but he's yet to make a mark on the ATP Tour. This event is the perfect chance for the 19-year-old who finished the year ranked 94th with a 61-24 record.
Cobolli is an exciting player from Italy who can play well on all surfaces. He gave Carlos Alcaraz some trouble at this year's Roland Garros, which is pretty good proof of his qualities. He finished the year ranked 100th with a 56-34 record.
Medjedovic is a name you'll hear often in the coming years as the Serbian is up to world number 111 in the final rankings update of the year. His career is primarily owed to Novak Djokovic, who has been financially supporting it for a while now as he's the country's best talent in years.
He finished the year with a 43-23 record including a few wins on the ATP Tour.
Nardi is yet another Italian talent emerging recently with an excellent game consisting of a good serve and solid play from the baseline. Unlike most of his compatriots, he prefers faster surfaces and plays really well on them, highlighted by his 40-34 record, out of which 31 came on hard courts.
The wild card entry probably has the most fascinating backstory of all participants. Shelbayh is the most talented Arab player in decades. The Jordanian was training back home until 2018, when he joined the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy in Jordan.
Princess Lara Faisal of the Jordanian Royal Family reportedly initiated the move by asking Toni Nadal to come to Jordan and scout to play. The legendary coach was impressed, and the Princess arranged for his transfer to Mallorca. Time to prove it on the big stage for the 20-year-old who finished the year with a 42-30 record.
The event is coming up in a few days, starting on November 28th and running to December 2nd. Please tell us below who you think wins it.