It’s the equivalent of a Grand Slam, the biggest year-end event in tennis. The world’s highest ranked players have pitted themselves against each other. And it was not just a knockout but first there was a round robin tournament. You have to succeed in your group before getting to the final knockout.
And a Monegasque was there. It’s a magnificent achievement for Hugo Nys one of the very best doubles players on the planet. He’s actually ranked ninth… whereas the ATP Finals is fought between to top 8 doubles teams in the world.
And for Hugo this was not new territory. He is used to firsts. He became the first ever Monegasque player to reach the semifinal and final of a Major at the 2023 Australian Open.
Just the narrowest of margins separated Nys from being in this top eight for doubles. But the tournament organizers know that anything could happen at any time where one of the teams can drop out. An injury, a personal tragedy, forfeiture, whatever … it happens. So they had called upon Hugo Nys and his partner to be ready to play.
So, in a historic moment for the Principality, a representative hailing from the Monegasque Tennis Federation graced the ATP Finals in the enchanting city of Turin, Italy.
Hugo Nys deserved it …being perched proudly at the 9th spot in the global doubles ranking for the year, standing as one-half of the alternate pairs vying for glory at what is affectionately known as the Masters.
This prestigious annual showdown was between the crème de la crème – the paramount eight doubles teams. Their tournament commenced with group skirmishes, cascading into fierce direct eliminations.
Thus, amidst the echelons of the tennis world, Hugo Nys and his comrade-in-arms, the Polish stalwart Jan Zielinski, poised as alternates, awaited their chance, should fate have favoured their ascent due to a team’s withdrawal or unforeseen forfeiture.
This waiting game always demands the unwavering presence of both alternate duos throughout the week within the streets of Turin. They had to remain vigilant, prepared to leap into the fray at a moment’s notice.
Fate didn’t call upon them to play this time, but that takes nothing away from the achievement of being selected.
ATP Finals Results
Meanwhile, the ATP Finals for the men’s singles category enraptured aficionados, featuring the illustrious top eight purveyors of individual brilliance in the realm of tennis.
At the end it is just one who prevails. And it was Novak Djokovic who has won his record seventh ATP Finals title with a dominant victory over Jannik Sinner that marked another milestone in his memorable season. The Serb, 36, who lost to the Italian in the group stage, avenged that with a 6-3 6-3 win in Turin, Italy.
The same format applies in doubles. Just one team is crowned the winner in the end. And before the singles final with Djokovic and Sinner was played there was a British success in the doubles when Joe Salisbury and American partner Rajeev Ram retained their title with a straight-set win over Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos.