2019 Next Gen ATP Finals: Predictions and Odds

What You Need to Know About the 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals

Points: No points will be awarded.

Total prize money: $1,400,000

When: from November 5th to November 9th

Where: PalaLido Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy

Surface: Hard (indoor)

2019 Next Gen ATP Finals Ranking

  1.  Alex de Minaur (1,730 points)
  2. Frances Tiafoe (1,060 points)
  3. Ugo Humbert (932 points)
  4. Casper Ruud (931 points)
  5. Miomir Kecmanovic (901 points)
  6. Mikael Ymer (763 points)
  7. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (627 points)
  8. Jannik Sinner (596 points)

Who Will Play in the 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals?

Created in 2017, the Next Gen ATP Finals is a season-ending event for the top 8 players of age 21 and under.

Seven participants qualify based on their placement in the 2019 ATP race, with one wild card coming from the host nation.

Defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas held the top seed, but withdrew after qualifying for the ATP Finals.

Third seed Félix Auger-Aliassime and fourth seed Denis Shapovalov also withdrew from the competition.

Auger-Aliassime suffered a left knee injury, while Paris runner-up Shapovalov ran into a tight schedule.

Alex de Minaur now holds the top seed, and was the second player to qualify after Tsitsipas.

Italian Jannik Sinner, #93 in the ATP ranking, will be the wild card.

It’s worth remembering that the tournament follows a different format.

All matches are played in a best of five sets, the winner being the first to four points, with a tie-break at 3-all.

Let’s take a quick look at the participating players.

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Alex de Minaur


ATP Singles Ranking: #18 (1,775 points)

2019 Record: 34-19, 3 titles

2019 Prize Money: $1,600,709

2018 ATP Next Gen Finals: 4-1, Runner-up

De Minaur had a breakout year in 2018, making it past the second round of a major tournament for the first time.

He also played in two finals, but did not win a title.

The Australian youngster did even better in 2019.

His year began in style, with de Minaur capturing his first career title.

It happened in Sidney, his hometown, with a 2-0 win over Andrea Seppi.

De Minaur made it to the fourth round in the US Open, collecting his first win over a top 10 player by beating Kei Nishikori.

He won another two ATP 250 titles in Atlanta and Zhuhai.

The young Australian also made it to the final in Basel, but lost to Roger Federer.

As the current tournament runner-up and holding the best record among the participants, de Minaur is the early favorite for 2019 by a significant margin.

Frances Tiafoe

ATP Singles Ranking: #47 (1,050 points)

2019 Record: 21-25, 0 titles

2019 Prize Money: $1,181,632

2018 ATP Next Gen Finals: 1-2, round robin

After being considered a future star for a few years but never living up to the hype, Tiafoe finally broke through in 2018.

The young American captured his first ATP title and made it to the Next Gen Finals.

While he failed to add more silverware this year, Tiafoe did show some promising results.

The highlight of his year was, without a doubt, making it to the Australian Open quarterfinals.

It was his best run in a Slam, although his season had some ups-and-downs after that.

Tiafoe will try to improve on his 2018 results and close the year on a high.

He could be considered a high-risk, high-reward pick, with plenty of potential as one of the most experienced players but shaky performances.

Ugo Humbert

ATP Singles Ranking: #55 (972 points)

2019 Record: 16-21, 0 titles

2019 Prize Money: $695,272

2018 ATP Next Gen Finals: Did not participate

Humbert was one of the alternates for last year’s edition of the Next Gen Finals, but never got a chance to play.

The young French has three ATP 250 semi finals appearances as his best results in 2019.

He made it to the fourth round in Wimbledon before losing to Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

It was Humbert’s best campaign in a major tournament.

The Frenchman could potentially work an upset, but it’s hard to imagine him – or any other player, for that matter – matching up to de Minaur.

Casper Ruud


ATP Singles Ranking: #56 (956 points)

2019 Record: 22-17, 0 titles

2019 Prize Money: $711,656

2018 ATP Next Gen Finals: Did not qualify

Ruud had a career year in 2019, making it to the ATP’s top 100 for the first time.

The Norwegian youngster did well during the clay season, which included his first ever final at the ATP level.

He finished runner-up in the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship.

Ruud also had two very good showings at Rome and Roland Garros, making it to the third round of both competitions.

While he has shown plenty of promise on clay, Ruud’s record on the hard surface isn’t as impressive.

He could make it past the round robin, but doesn’t look like a genuine title contender.

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Miomir Kecmanovic

ATP Singles Ranking: #60 (901 points)

2019 Record: 22-20, 0 titles

2019 Prize Money: $861,628

2018 ATP Next Gen Finals: Did not qualify

Kekmanovic also had a breakthrough year in 2019.

The third year pro climbed his way up the rankings, breaking into the top 50.

The Serbian player had been ranked outside the top 100 at the end of 2018, which makes his rise even more impressive.

Kekmanovic reached his first final at the ATP level, losing to Lorenzo Sonego at Antalya.

His best performance, however, came at Cincinnati.

Kecmanovic made it to the round of 16, losing to top 10 player Roberto Bautista Agut.

The young Serb has a very good head to head record against his closest competitors.

He could make a deep run, and is a very good pick for the title.

Mikael Ymer

ATP Singles Ranking: #74 (765 points)

2019 Record: 5-5, 0 titles

2019 Prize Money: $279,649

2018 ATP Next Gen Finals: Did not qualify

Ymer is one of the least experienced players taking part in the tournament.

The Swede, well-established at the Challenger Tour level, only played in ten ATP Tour matches.

He only has 29 career games at the ATP level, with an unimpressive 11-18 record.

Ymer has struggled to make it out of the qualifying round for most tournaments.

His best results this year were a round of 16 appearance at Stockholm and a second round appearance in the French Open, his best campaign at a major.

Ymer will likely use this year’s Next Gen Finals to gain some experience playing at the ATP Tour level.

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina

ATP Singles Ranking: #87 (627 points)

2019 Record: 3-7, 0 titles

2019 Prize Money: $235,128

2018 ATP Next Gen Finals: Did not qualify

Don’t be discouraged by Davidovich Fokina’s record.

The first year pro already has some very impressive results despite his lack of experience.

He made it to the semifinals at Estoril, defeating some well-known names along the way.

The young Spaniard secured wins over Daniel Evans, Taylor Fritz, Jeremy Chardy and current top 10 Gael Monfils.

Davidovich Fokina also has a win against Next Gen ATP Finals title favorite Alex de Minaur.

He is a very good pick if you are looking for an underdog with a realistic shot at winning the title.

His first match of the tournament will be against de Minaur, which will offer some good insight.

Jannik Sinner


ATP Singles Ranking: #95 (596 points)

2019 Record: 7-9, 0 titles

2019 Prize Money: $258,134

2018 ATP Next Gen Finals: Did not qualify

The final entrant for this year’s tournament is wild card Jannik Sinner.

At only 18, the Italian is also the youngest participant.

It may be a bit too early to say this, but Sinner has the potential to become a star player.

He already has one win at the ATP Masters level, which came at Rome earlier this year.

The young Italian also managed to take a set from three-time Slam winner Stan Wawrinka in a first round match during this year’s US Open.

Sinner reached the semifinals at Antwerp, defeating Frances Tiafoe and Gael Monfils along the way before losing to Wawrinka again.

He is coming off a round of 16 appearance in Vienna, at the ATP 500 level.

Despite his young age, Sinner could be another interesting dark horse pick for the title.

2019 Next Gen ATP Finals Odds

The odds for the Next Gen ATP Finals are provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Good luck! 

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Odds

Alex De Minaur+162
Frances Tiafoe+400
Ugo Humbert+450
Jannik Sinner+450
Miomir Kecmanovic+800
Casper Ruud+1100
Mikael Ymer+1100
Alenjandro Davidovich Fokina+1800
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