Nitto ATP Finals 2021 Presented In Turin

The Nitto ATP Finals, the prestigious season finale of the ATP Tour set to be staged in Turin from 2021-2025, was today presented at a stakeholder engagement event in the Piedmont capital, hosted by Intesa Sanpaolo.

The event, broadcast live with tournament partners, key regional and national government representatives and media in attendance, showcased the long-term vision and positioning of the Nitto ATP Finals as it moves to its new home in Turin, following 12 successful years in London.

Presentations by Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman, Angelo Binaghi, President of the Italian Tennis Federation, and Chiara Appendino, Mayor of Turin, alongside other key stakeholders, explored Turin’s successful bid to host the tournament — which saw the city triumph among 40 applicants — and the city’s ambitions to build on the legacy and growth of the ATP’s showpiece event, whilst promoting the region.

All roads on the ATP Tour this season lead to Turin and the FedEx ATP Race To Turin has officially begun, with only the best eight ATP singles players and doubles teams set to qualify. With players travelling to Australia to begin their 2021 campaigns, Daniil Medvedev, the Nitto ATP Finals defending champion, and Matteo Berrettini, Italian No. 1, sent their support via video message.

In addition to providing an overview of broadcast, marketing, ticketing and corporate hospitality operations, organisers thanked the tournament’s portfolio of globally renowned commercial and media partners for their support, including Nitto, who recently extended their commitment as Title Partner of the Nitto ATP Finals until 2025.

Gaudenzi said: “The Nitto ATP Finals has been an incredible story of growth and innovation, taking place in iconic cities around the world over the past 50 years. Now, we look forward to raising the bar together in Turin, an impressive city with the ambition and vision to build on that legacy and create something inspirational for our fans. We would like to thank all event partners for their invaluable commitment to the Nitto ATP Finals, and also to our players, who will be instrumental in writing future chapters of our most special event.”

Binaghi said: “Our management team has become accustomed to setting ourselves ambitious goals, as highlighted by the success and growth of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome over the past 20 years. Now, we have climbed Everest. The Nitto ATP Finals is the most important indoor tennis tournament in the world. Throughout the bidding process we were supported by the Government, the Region, the Municipality and the largest financial institution in our country and together, we have reached the top.”

Appendino said: “Thanks to a great team effort, we are here today, speaking about Turin as the centre of the tennis world. Turin won the bid against some of the best cities in the world, and now we look forward with confidence to delivering an outstanding event over the next five years. We are working together to create an event that engages city of Turin all year round, with great attention paid to each local territory.”

The 2021 Nitto ATP Finals will be held from 14-21 November. Tickets are currently available at NittoATPFinals.com and via Ticketone.

Goffin, Khachanov To Headline Melbourne 1/Adelaide

David Goffin and Karen Khachanov will lead an impressive field at Melbourne 1/Adelaide, which will be played in Melbourne from 31 January to 6 February due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

World No. 16 Goffin and World No. 20 Khachanov will both attempt to capture their fifth ATP Tour singles crowns in Melbourne and end personal title droughts. Goffin won his fourth tour-level trophy at the 2017 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, while Khachanov earned his last title at the 2018 Rolex Paris Masters.

Alongside the Top 20 stars, Cristian Garin and John Isner will also attempt to start the year with a strong week in Melbourne. The ATP 250, which will be held alongside the ATP Cup and Melbourne 2, made its debut on the ATP Tour calendar in 2020.

The tournament will welcome eight of the Top 40 players in the FedEx ATP Rankings, including #NextGenATP Italian Jannik Sinner. The 19-year-old, who is the youngest member of the Top 100, ended his final event of the 2020 ATP Tour season with his maiden tour-level crown at the Sofia Open.

Outside of the Top 40, the Adelaide field is packed with experience. Former Top 5 star Kevin Anderson, two-time Australian Open quarter-finalist Tennys Sandgren, 2020 Comeback Player of the Year Vasek Pospisil and 10-time ATP Tour titlist Sam Querrey will all compete for the trophy in Melbourne.

Wawrinka, Felix & Kyrgios To Star In Melbourne 2

There will be no shortage of star power at Melbourne 2, one of two ATP 250s being held alongside the ATP Cup from 31 January to 6 February.

Leading the way will be former World No. 3 and three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, inimitable Aussie Nick Kyrgios and Canadian #NextGenATP star Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Wawrinka, the No. 18 player in the FedEx ATP Rankings, is the highest-ranked entrant in the field. The Swiss, who went 15-8 in 2020, will try to lift his first ATP Tour trophy since May 2017 in Geneva.

Kyrgios has always enjoyed competing at home, and he will get a chance to get his 2021 season off to a strong start in Melbourne. The Aussie, who earned home glory at 2018 Brisbane, has not played since Acapulco last year. The 25-year-old opted not to play following the Tour’s five-month suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Auger-Aliassime has made six tour-level finals over the past two years, but he has not lifted a trophy. The Canadian will hope to change that in Melbourne, where he is projected to be the third seed. The 20-year-old is currently just outside the Top 20 at World No. 21.

Other players to watch at Melbourne 2 include 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov, rising American Taylor Fritz and French sensation Ugo Humbert. Fritz and Humbert are alumni of the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.

Other Melbourne 2 entrants who have competed in the 21-and-under season finale include Borna Coric, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Casper Ruud, Frances Tiafoe and Mikael Ymer. Former World No. 3 and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic is also set to compete in this event.

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