The Next Gen ATP Finals 2023 is set to introduce a couple of noteworthy modifications aimed at enhancing the pace of the game and captivating a wider audience. In a bid to innovate the sport, the tournament organizers are implementing two key changes this year.
Firstly, players will no longer engage in the traditional warm-up ritual before matches. Upon stepping onto the court, they will promptly commence the match, eliminating the customary warm-up period. Additionally, a strict 8-second time limit between the first and second serves will be enforced, fostering a more dynamic and fast-paced gameplay. Consistent with previous editions, if the preceding rally comprised fewer than 3 shots, the time between points will be reduced from 25 seconds to 15 seconds.
Accompanying these alterations are a series of minor adjustments. The height of the umpire’s chair will be reduced to ensure it does not obstruct the view for fans, contributing to a better spectator experience. Furthermore, the tournament aims to enhance fan engagement by simplifying the scoreboard.
Scheduled to take place at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from November 28 to December 2, 2023, the 2023 Next Gen Finals boasts a total prize money pool of $2 million. These changes mark a strategic effort to modernize and elevate the appeal of the tournament for both players and spectators alike.