Alexander Zverev has confirmed his withdrawal from the first Next Gen ATP Finals, as he has decided to concentrate on the ATP World Tour finals instead. Zverev was seen as one of the serious contenders for the title at the Next Gen ATP Finals, which comprises of eight players. However, these are primarily matches against highly talented youngsters while the ATP World Tour finals provide the possibility to compete against the top stars like Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Zverev has had a brilliant year, as the No.5 star has been able to win the Masters 1000 title in Montreal and Rome. He was able to go as high as fourth when it came to the ATP rankings. Such lofty rankings meant that he was well ahead of the pack at Next Gen ATP Finals. Andrey Rublev was his closest competitor at this event, but he was a whopping 3271 points below.
As soon as Zverev qualified for the ATP World Tour finals, it became apparent that the 20-year-old would have to miss either one of the tournaments. Both were occurring in consecutive weeks and it would have been physically impossible for Zverev to concentrate on board at the same time. After analysing the prospects between the two tournaments, Zverev has decided to take the call of ditching the under 21 tournament, which is being held for the first time.
As a result of his withdrawal, Shapovalov now takes centre stage as the most important player left in the tournament. The 18-year-old is already looking forward to coming up against his opponents. Other names who are also in the draw are Daniil Medvedev, Borna Coric, Andrey Rublev, Jared Donaldson, Karen Khachanov, and Hyeon Chung. Shapovalov claims that he is targeting a victory in the tournament, which would further elevate his status at the ATP level.