ATP announces 'Next Gen' finals for 21-and-under players
Milos Raonic of Canada plays a return to Andy Murray of Britain during their ATP World Tour Finals semifinal singles tennis match at the O2 Arena in London, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
LONDON (AP) The ATP Tour has announced a new season-ending tournament for 21-and-under players beginning in Milan next November.
Called the Next Gen ATP Finals, the tournament will feature the best seven 21-and-under players in the rankings plus a wild card.
While the tournament will follow a similar round-robin format to the ATP Finals, it will also feature rule changes and innovations yet to be announced.
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ATP executive chairman and president Chris Kermode says the event will ''act as a launch pad for tennis innovation as we bid to make our sport more attractive to the changing consumer habits of the next generation of fans.''
The event will award $1.25 million.
The tournament will be held at Fiera Milano Stadium from Nov. 7-11 and will remain in Milan for five years.