The ATP Finals in Turin are nearly upon us, and tennis enthusiasts worldwide are eagerly awaiting this spectacular event. The tournament will feature the top eight tennis players of the season, set to commence on Sunday, November 12th, with the grand finale scheduled for November 19th. With less than two week to go, it’s time to take stock of the season and assess who has secured their coveted spots at the Finals. At present, only four players have confirmed their participation: Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner, and Daniel Medvedev. For the rest, the challenge remains open, with some still vying to accumulate the necessary points to secure their place.
ATP Finals 2023: Who’s In and Who’s on the Edge
Jannik Sinner has successfully secured his spot, but for everyone else, it’s a nail-biting wait. Andrey Rublev has a pass for the tournament, but the final list of participants won’t be confirmed until the last minute.
Here’s the list of the top eight tennis players who might participate, including those who have already secured their tickets to Turin, as of the latest update on October 31:
It appears that Alexander Zverev is in a relatively safer position to qualify for the ATP Finals in Turin, with a 215-point lead over the 9th-ranked Taylor Fritz. However, Holger Rune’s situation is more precarious, as he is only 190 points ahead of Fritz and 215 points above the 10th-ranked Hubert Hurkacz.
To ensure their qualification, here’s a breakdown of what each player needs to achieve in the upcoming Paris Masters:
Other players like Casper Ruud, Tommy Paul, and Alex de Minaur would need exceptional performances in Paris and, in Ruud’s case, potentially even in the upcoming Metz tournament to have a chance at qualification.
While Alexander Zverev’s qualification seems more likely, Holger Rune is at greater risk of missing out if he doesn’t perform well in the Paris Masters. The battle for the last few spots in the ATP Finals in Turin will likely come down to the performance of these players in the upcoming tournaments.
ATP Finals 2023: The Schedule
As for the schedule of the ATP Finals 2023 in Turin, the matches of the Round Robin (the group stage) will commence on Sunday, November 12th, and conclude on Friday, November 17th. Each day will feature two sessions. The semifinals will be played on Saturday, November 18th, again divided into two sessions, with the final showdown taking place on Sunday, November 19th.
It’s important to note that there might be overlaps with the doubles Finals, and the duration of tennis matches can vary widely, making the times approximate but not set in stone.
Here’s the detailed schedule:
ATP Finals 2023: The Contenders
Predicting the winner of the Finals is always a challenging task. As the last act of the season, some players may come fatigued, particularly those who have been involved in numerous tournaments throughout the year. However, the ATP Finals always boasts a high level of competitiveness, with some of the most prestigious names in tennis on display.
The two frontrunners for the title are likely to be Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz. Djokovic, the Serbian phenomenon, has clinched three out of four Grand Slam titles this year and returns to this edition of the Finals as the reigning champion, having already won it six times. On the other hand, Carlos Alcaraz, the young Spanish sensation, is making his first appearance at the Finals after a forced withdrawal last year due to a muscular injury. It’s difficult to determine the clear favorite between these two, especially considering Alcaraz has previously shown the ability to defeat Djokovic, as witnessed in their last encounter at Wimbledon.
As for Daniel Medvedev, the third player to secure a place in the Finals, he may face a disadvantage in the predictions. Among the other potential participants, Jannik Sinner stands out as a veteran from an excellent season, but given the competition, a title victory would be quite an accomplishment for the young Italian player.