The big news on Sunday is the match for the World No. 1 ranking between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. The two of them will play in London in the final of the Tour Finals on Sunday night with the winner getting the top spot. But the ATP had other news recently as they will showcase players in the 21-and-under crowd next November in a $1.25M event that will be played in Milan.

According to a November 19th press release "The event, named the Next Gen ATP Finals, will take place over five days at the Fiera Milano stadium from 7-11, November 2017, and will remain in Milan for a five-year period, through 2021." Players that are talented and that will be under the age of 22 at this time next year include Germany's Alexander Zverev, Croatia's Borna Coric, America's Taylor Fritz, Russia's Karen Khachanov, and Korea's Hyeon Chung.

Next Gen tournament will not offer ranking points

The Next Gen tournament will not offer ranking points according to the press release: "While Emirates ATP Ranking points will serve as the criteria for entry, the tournament itself will not carry points." That does make it a tournament for pride and money alone, however, it's perfectly reasonable that the ATP should not offer points for the event. With age discriminating against entry, it wouldn't be fair to offer points unless each player with a high enough ranking was able to contest the event.

ATP trying to market new players?

The Next Gen tournament appears to be an effort from the ATP to market it's up-and-coming players more effectively. Roger Federer will turn 36 in 2017, and Rafael Nadal will turn 31.

Murray and Djokovic are similarly aged to the Spaniard as well. Those players still contest large matches on tour, especially Murray and Djokovic, however, the new rising stars will need to build fan bases if the ATP is going to remain as popular as it has been over the last decade.

The players in the so-called #NextGen group could be called #SlowGen for their inability to break through into the upper tier of men's tennis.

There has been a trend in recent years for the elder players to last longer on tour. However, tennis has not seen a super-sensation since Rafael Nadal, a player that won the French Open when he was two days passed his 19th birthday. Furthermore, there hasn't even been a bright light like Juan Martin del Potro in several years now, a player that won the US Open when he was 20.

The brightest light among the #NextGen stars appears to be Zverev at this point. The 19-year-old finished the current season ranked 24th in the world with a year record of 44-24. He does have a great chance to make the Milan event next season along with an outside chance of making the real ATP World Tour Finals.

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