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ATP & ITF Collaborate To Accelerate Careers Of Aspiring Players

  • Posted: Dec 12, 2022

ATP & ITF Collaborate To Accelerate Careers Of Aspiring Players

Groundbreaking initiative designed to accelerate the careers of young aspiring tennis players

The ATP and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) have announced the launch of the Accelerator Programme, a groundbreaking initiative designed to accelerate the careers of young aspiring tennis players from 2023.

The programme will see playing opportunities at ATP Challenger Tour-level reserved for the world’s top junior players, creating an accelerated pathway into professional tennis. The new initiative supplements the 2023 Challenger Tour changes announced in September, which signal ATP’s long-term strategy for the circuit through significant prize money increases, a balanced calendar and an increase in total and premium playing opportunities.

The move comes as the ITF continues to develop more opportunities for players to progress through its pathway via the ITF World Tennis Tour on to the top level of the game.

Each player ranked in the Top 20 of the year-end ITF Junior Rankings will be granted up to eight Accelerator Spots at Challenger 50 or 75 tournaments the following season. These will be split between main draw (Top 10) and qualifying (Nos. 11-20), with players also eligible for two Accelerator Spots at M15 or M25 ITF World Tennis Tour events. Players ranked Nos. 21-30 in the year-end ITF Junior Rankings will be eligible for eight spots at M15 or M25 events.

Junior Grand Slam singles champions and finalists will also be eligible for the Accelerator Programme. Champions will receive the same allocation of main draw opportunities as the Top 10 group, while finalists will join players ranked Nos. 11-20 in receiving access into qualifying.

Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman: “Tennis has always been a sport that rewards hard work, and we must create an environment that allows young, aspiring players to reach their potential. It is our responsibility to open the door to opportunity and allow them to thrive in the sport. The Accelerator Programme is creating a pathway for the next generation of champions and we look forward to seeing it come into play from 2023.”

Further bolstering the Accelerator Programme is a new ‘Promotion’ mechanic, which allows juniors ranked in the year-end Top 20 and junior Grand Slam champions and finalists who achieve direct acceptance by Pepperstone ATP Ranking into ATP Challenger qualifying, to be promoted into the main draw. The promotion mechanic will be available across all Challenger categories.

David Haggerty, ITF President: “It is important that tennis works together to create new opportunities for young players. By collaborating, we can create a brighter future for the sport and ensure that future generations have opportunities to progress to the top of the game. We are excited to be part of the effort to make this happen.”

Junior players eligible for the 2023 Accelerator Programme will be based off the year-end ITF Junior Rankings, calculated today on Monday, 12 December 2022.

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Sebastian Torok Honoured With 2022 Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award

  • Posted: Dec 12, 2022

Sebastian Torok Honoured With 2022 Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award

Argentine journalist covers tennis for LA NACION

LA NACION journalist Sebastian Torok has been recognised with the Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award in the 2022 ATP Awards.

“Receiving this award really honours me and fills me with happiness and enthusiasm to continue telling stories in the future,” Torok said. “I lived intense moments during more than 15 years of coverage of the international tennis circuit and it is a privilege to have known new countries and cultures.”

Torok has been a journalist for the Argentine newspaper LA NACION since 2000. He has covered football, rugby, boxing and handball but specialises in tennis, reporting on Argentina’s Davis Cup Finals title run in 2016.

Torok has been a radio columnist and, since 2018, has been a commentator on ESPN Latin America. He also wrote biographies on Juan Martin del Potro (‘El milagro Del Potro’ and ‘The Gentle Giant’) and Gustavo Fernandez, a leading figure in wheelchair tennis (‘Hambre de Lobo’).

The Argentine received international recognition at the AIPS Sport Media Awards for various investigations and one of his career highlights as a journalist was interviewing Roger Federer in Basel in 2019.

“It was a pleasure to be able to interview Federer in his privacy in Basel,” Torok said. “I enjoyed the reports on other great emblems such as Nadal, Djokovic, Murray and Del Potro, and I was very grateful to be able to interview Alcaraz and Swiatek this year.”

Winners in the 2022 ATP Awards will be announced throughout this coming week.

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Kokkinakis & Kyrgios Named Fans' Favourite Doubles Duo In 2022 ATP Awards

  • Posted: Dec 12, 2022

Kokkinakis & Kyrgios Named Fans’ Favourite Doubles Duo In 2022 ATP Awards

Australian duo honoured with ATP Award for first time

After a breakout season in which they won the Australian Open doubles title and debuted at the Nitto ATP Finals, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios have yet another reason to smile at the close of the year. The Australians have been voted as the Fans’ Favourite doubles team in the 2022 ATP Awards.

The popular pairing and longtime friends started the season with a bang on home soil, winning a first team title at the year’s first Grand Slam. Each of their matches in Melbourne was played in a party atmosphere, and that theme continued as they enjoyed sustained success around the world.

“Just wanted to say a massive thank you for voting us, me and Nick, as your fans’ favorite ATP Doubles Team of the Year,” said Kokkinakis. “It’s been a hell of a year, winning our first Grand Slam on home soil in Australia. Crazy atmosphere down there, the support we’ve gotten all year has been amazing. Thanks again and hopefully we can keep it rolling. We’ll see you all in January. Thank you!”


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In addition to their Australian Open title, other standout results included a run to the Miami semis and a title triumph in Atlanta. Their results earned them a place in Turin for the Nitto ATP Finals, where they marked their first appearance with a round-robin win.

“Me and Thanasi never thought we were going to be here at the [Nitto ATP Finals],” Kygrios said. “We always thought we could do some good things together, but to put a year [together] consistently like this — and we didn’t even play, we played maybe six or seven events or something — the experience has been cool.”

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