This week marks the beginning of the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, bringing with it a new way of watching on Tennis TV and series of unprecedented rule changes. Andrey Rublev, Karen Khachanov, Denis Shapovalov, Borna Coric, Jared Donaldson, Hyeon Chung, Daniil Medvedev and Gianluigi Quinzi, will battle it out to be crowned champion. Check out the videos below for everything you need to know ahead of Milan.
In a world-first, Tennis TV is giving tennis fans the option to choose which angle to watch the tennis action from. Fans can choose the classic ‘TV’ view or a ‘Courtside’ view in Tennis TV’s LIVE channel, bringing you closer to the action from the Fiera Milano stadium. Each programme feed is fully produced and will have all the replays, close-ups, graphics and commentary that you’d associate with ATP Media’s award winning production. The choice is yours, which view will you choose to watch?
Tune into Tennis TV from Tuesday 7th November to watch all 15 matches live and on-demand in REPLAYS. And be sure to check out our #NextGen channel on Tennis TV for the latest matches, hot shots and highlights, as well as a series of documentaries following the Next Gen players throughout 2017.
Also in a world-first, the 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals will feature live Electronic Line Calling on all lines on court during the tournament. The launch of Hawk-Eye Live is one of several innovations being trialled at the inaugural tournament, and means the Chair Umpire will be the only match official on court during the event.
Shorter Format: First to Four games sets (Tie-Break at 3-All), Best-of-Five sets, with No-Ad scoring
Expect more break points, more swings in momentum and more drama – the short set format is designed to increase the number of pivotal moments in a match, while the best-of-five set format does not alter the number of games required to win (12) from the traditional scoring format. No-Ad scoring will also be played (server’s choice).
A shot clock will be used between points to ensure strict regulation of the 25-second rule, as well as during set breaks, Medical Time-Outs, and a five-minute countdown from the player walk-on to the first point of the match.
The No-Let rule will apply to all serves, bringing in an additional element of unpredictability at the start of points. This rule will also remove any ambiguity over let calling from umpires, ensuring the rule is consistent with normal ‘let’ occurrences during regular point exchanges.
Spectators are free to move in and out of the stadium during play, providing they are at the side of the court and not in direct sight of the players.
AND THERE’S MORE…
Shorter Warm-Ups: Matches will begin precisely five minutes from the moment players walk-on, leading to a reduction in time before the beginning of matches.
Medical Time-Outs: A limit of one medical time out per player per match.
Player Coaching: Players and coaches will be able to communicate at certain points in the match, providing additional content and entertainment value for broadcast. Coaches will not be allowed on-court.
Here’s a little taste of what you can expect from one of the stars…