Carlos Alcaraz, Holger Rune repeat 23-year-old unique ATP Finals feat by qualifying for this year’s event

Ruby AgarwalRuby Agarwal

November 11 2023
Carlos Alcaraz, Holger Rune repeat 23-year-old unique ATP Finals feat by qualifying for this year's event
(Courtesy : ATP Tour)

Both players are touted to become superstars in the future.

Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune– the young duo, both under 21, are set to make their appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals 2023, making them the first under-21s pair to play in the year-end event since Marat Safin and Lleyon Hewitt in 2000.

The ATP Finals, the prestigious season finale of men’s tennis, will witness a historic moment this year, as two players under 21 will compete for the coveted trophy. Carlos Alcaraz, 20, and Holger Rune, 20, are the youngest players in the field, and they have already made their mark on the tour with impressive results.

Alcaraz, the Spanish sensation, has won six titles this season, including three Masters 1000 events on different surfaces. He became the youngest Wimbledon champion in history and also claimed the Madrid and Indian Wells crowns. His versatile game and explosive power have earned him comparisons with his idol Rafael Nadal, and he is widely regarded as the future of Spanish tennis.

Rune, the Danish prodigy, has also shown his potential with his maiden title in Munich on clay. He has a solid baseline game and a strong serve, and he has been improving his skills on other surfaces as well. He is the first Danish player to qualify for the ATP Finals, and he hopes to inspire more youngsters from his country to take up the sport.

The last time two players under 21 reached the ATP Finals was in 2000 when Marat Safin and Lleyton Hewitt both made it to the event. Safin, the Russian powerhouse, won the US Open that year, while Hewitt, the Australian battler, won the Olympics gold medal. They both became world number one and multiple Grand Slam champions.

Alcaraz and Rune are following in their footsteps, and they are ready to challenge the established stars at the ATP Finals. They represent a new generation of tennis players, who are fearless, ambitious, and eager to make their mark on the sport. They are the rising stars of the ATP Finals, and they are set to redefine the event with their youthful energy and passion.

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