Race to Milan: Sinner leads - but has different ambitions
Jannik Sinner clearly leads the ranking for the # NextGen Masters in Milan. The South Tyrolean probably has other, bigger plans.
last edit: Apr 20, 2021, 08:42 am
500 ATP points are awarded this week in Barcelona, with Rafael Nadal , Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev competing , the grapes are extremely high for all other players. Especially for those who haven't been on the ATP tour for long. And already have legitimate hopes of qualifying for the # NextGen Masters in Milan towards the end of the tennis year.
However, the leader in the Race to Milan, Jannik Sinner, is looking to the even bigger prize: participation in the ATP Finals in Turin. Not only because Sinner has already won the # NextGen Masters 2019. The South Tyrolean has already collected more than 1,000 points this year and is among the top ten in the season's ranking of all players. This week Sinner competes in Barcelona, the first opponent will be Egor Gerasimov after a bye.
Alcaraz and Musetti in Barcelona
The two newcomers Lorenzo Musetti and Carlos Alcaraz are also at the start in Catalonia. Musetti shone by reaching the semi-finals in Acapulco and is currently fourth in the race. In Barcelona he will play against veteran Feliciano Lopez. Alcaraz, on the other hand, would be the last player to qualify directly at the moment. The Spaniard faces France Tiafoe today.
And two US-Americans are also involved: Sebastian Korda is in second place in the race, he is playing in Belgrade this week (and opens there against Aljaz Bedene). Jenson Brooksby has shown big in Challenger tournaments over the past week. The 20-year-old is ranked sixth in the #NextGen annual ranking.
Here is the booth in the Race to Milan