Saudi Arabia will host the men’s tennis tour’s Next Gen ATP Finals
New location. New venue. New era…
The stage is set. The Next Gen Finals for men’s under-21 players will be played in Jeddah as the ATP heads to Saudi Arabia for the first time.
This year’s end-of-season tournament will take place over five days at Jeddah’s King Abdullah Sports City on an indoor hard court from Tuesday November 28 to Saturday December 2. Tickets for the upcoming event are not on sale yet, but watch this space for more details.
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According to the ATP Tour, the tournament, which has been played in Milan since it began in 2017, will also have its prize money increased to a record $2 million, up from $1.4 million last year.
This is the future
It is the first time an official ATP event will be held in Saudi Arabia. Although other Gulf countries like Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have hosted ATP tournaments in the past, Saudi Arabia only had the Diriyah Tennis Cup – an exhibition tournament in Riyadh.
This deal means that Saudi Arabia is set to host the Next Gen ATP Finals until 2027.
It’s all about the Next Gen
The Next Gen ATP Finals has established itself as one of the highlights of the tennis season, showcasing the world’s best 21-and-under players in a fast-paced year-end format.
Notably, nine of the current Top 10 players in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings have competed at the event, highlighting its role in showcasing the future stars of the sport. Past champions like Stefanos Tsitsipas, Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz have used the event as a stepping-stone to further success in their careers.
Arij Mutabagani, President of the Saudi Tennis Federation, said, “We are extremely proud that ATP has selected Jeddah to host such an important tennis event. The Next Gen ATP Finals embodies the philosophy of our Federation, which is to inspire young talent to reach the sport’s highest levels. We’re excited to collaborate to promote the ATP Tour’s most promising rising stars and showcase new sporting innovations in our special city of Jeddah.”
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