Hubert Hurkacz and Casper Ruud reach the ATP Finals, denying British number one Cameron Norrie a spot on the eight-man field; This will be the first edition of the event in Turin, after a 12-year stint at The O2 in London.
Last Updated: 11/05/21 6:00 pm
Hubert Hurkacz and Casper Ruud denied Briton Cameron Norrie a spot in the ATP Finals in Turin after they sealed the last two spots in the season-ending event.
Ruud has become the first Norwegian to make the cut for the tournament, which is played between the top eight singles players and doubles teams and runs from November 14-21.
The 22-year-old won five of his six ATP Tour titles during a breakthrough in 2021 and is tied with Germany’s world number 4 Alexander Zverev for the most tour-level trophies during the season.
Hurkacz secured eighth and final place when he defeated Australian James Duckworth 6-2 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Paris.
The 24-year-old won three ATP titles in 2021 and is currently ranked 10th in his career.
It means the British No.1 Norrie, who was defeated by American Taylor Fritz on Thursday, he will not be part of the field, but is likely to head to Turin as one of two substitutes.
“It has been an incredible year that will have the perfect ending to the season,” Ruud said after confirming his place in Turin with a 6-2 6-1 victory over American Marcos Girón at the Paris Masters on Thursday.
“It has been a stressful couple of weeks and months, because it has been a very close race. It has been fun at the same time (and) very exciting to watch as a tennis fan.”
“It feels amazing,” Hurkacz said. “Obviously going to Turin is a dream. To grow up as a child, to see all the best players playing in the final, it is inspiring. Now being among them, it is very special because there are only eight places there, so it is not so easy to go there. “
Ruud and Hurkacz join world number one Novak Djokovic, US Open champion Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Zverev, Andrey Rublev and Matteo Berrettini in qualifying for the event.
Also on Friday, Djokovic defeated non-seeded Fritz 6-4, 6-3 to reach the semifinals in Paris and stay on track to a record-setting sixth title.