ATP Race to Turin set to heat up in Beijing as Jannik Sinner seeks Finals debut
Jannik Sinner looks likely to be the next player to book his place at the ATP Tour finals in Turin.
Sinner is currently fourth on the Race to Turin standings behind the already qualified Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev.
Medvedev’s US Open season made him the third man to secure his place in the season-ending extravaganza.
Sinner also tasted success in North America, winning his first Masters title at the Canadian Open having been denied that breakthrough win by Medvedev in the Miami Open championship match.
The Italian’s season threatened to go off the boild through the clay and grass swings but her fired himself into a great position to push for an ATP Tour Finals debut through the Asian Swing.
Sinner turned down a Laver Cup appearance and has instead been pictured enjoying Milan’s fashion week.
The Italian had been suffering through a long-term problem with after he strained his adductor in June and probably won’t be hurt by missing the minor events that start the Asian swing.
With no more Grand Slam winners to come knocking, the ATP Tour finals will be settled but the race standings.
The return of the Masters event in Shanghai adds another dimension to the late season.
Shanghai and the Paris Indoors offer players the two biggest single points hauls among the remaining events.
The ATP 500 events in Beijing and Tokyo could also play their part in settling the race depending on which players show up for these events.
At this stage of the season, late withdrawals become increasingly common with players feeling their exertions from across the season.
Sinner holds a 725-point advantage over fifth-placed Andrey Rublev but his goal will be to move out of reach of the man currently hunting down the top eight.
At the moment that is Taylor Fritz who is ninth in the race just behind Holger Rune who was an alternate last season and still has work to do to secure his place in Turin this term.
The top players who turn out in Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo will give themselves a good chance of gathering the points they need to secure a place in the Tour finals.
As things stand Carlos Alcaraz will make his Beijing debut in a tournament that gets underway on 28 September at the venue that staged the 2008 Olympics tournament. Medvedev, Rune, Casper Ruud, Sinner and Stefanos Tsitsipas are also among the field as the tour returns to Beijing.
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