LONDON, November 20, 2016
Former ATP World Tour Finals champion and six time Grand Slam winner Stefan Edberg attended Saturday’s press conference in London to launch the new Next Gen ATP Finals, held in Milan in 2017.
Edberg, who featured in a similar event back in 1985 called the Tennis World Young Masters, won his first ATP World Tour title in Milan in 1984. The 50-year-old Swede was attracted by idea of the new tournament.
“I think this is a great idea. It’s good for tennis. It’s great to promote these young players. They’re probably going to need more time to break into the top of the tennis game, so to say,” Edberg told.
“Obviously when you’re young, you see just opportunities. This is going to be a great opportunity. It’s a great format. I think a lot of these guys are really, really going to battle it out to get into this tournament because there’s going to be attractive prize money and it’s going to be a good way for them to promote themselves. It’s sort of more like a win-win situation here. It’s definitely the right move to do it. If I was young, I would love to have this setup.”
The event will take place over five days at the Fiera Milano stadium in the picturesque Italian City and will remain in Milan until 2021 over a five-year period. In 2017, the inaugural competition will take place from 7 to 11 November, between the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.
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