Tennis News Round-up - November 2022
By Ed C
Updated 14th November 2022
November will see the climax of the ATP and WTA seasons, as well as the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup winners crowned.
In Fort Worth, Texas, the top 8 players as per the rankings this year have qualified, and will play two round robin groups. The Tracey Austin group comprises of Iga Swiatek, Cori Guaff, Carolina Garcia and Daria Kasatkina, and the Nancy Richer group features Ons Jabeur, Jessica Pegula, Maria Sakkari and Aryna Sabalenka.
Regardless of results in Texas, Iga Swiatek will end the year as world number 1, having won many tournaments including two grand slams.
Paris and Turin
The final Masters 1000 event of the year is indoors in Paris. Rafael Nadal is playing for only the second time since the US Open (the other occasion being Roger Federer’s farewell doubles match at the Laver Cup). Novak Djokovic is making his first Masters appearance since Rome in May, which he won.
This is the last event which counts towards qualification for the ATP Finals, which starts in Turin on 13th November. Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal, Casper Ruud, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev have all qualified, leaving two places up for grabs. Andrey Rublev and Felix Auger-Aliassime are in position to qualify as it stands. Taylor Fritz and Hubert Hurkacz are the only other two players with a realistic chance of overtaking them, if they have a good run in Paris.
There is also the Next Gen Finals happening the week before that in Milan, a tournament for the eight best players aged 21 and under. Former champions include Stefanos Tsitsipas, Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz. The field for this year will contain: Holger Rune, Lorenzo Musetti, Jack Draper, Brandon Nakashima, Jiri Lehecka, Chun-Hsin Tseng, Francesco Passaro and Dominic Stricker.
National pride at stake
The Billie Jean King Cup Finals will be held in Glasgow this year 8th – 13th November, with four groups of three teams battling it out to make it to the Semi Finals, and then the Final. Group A has Switzerland, Canada and Italy, Group B contains Australia, Slovakia and Belgium, Group C features Spain, Kazakhstan and hosts Great Britain, and finally Group D has Czech Republic, United States and Poland. Cori Gauff, Jessica Pegula, Belinda Bencic, Karolina Pliskova and Paula Badosa are some of those that will compete in Glasgow.
The Davis Cup Finals will take place in Malaga from 23rd – 27th November, with the eight countries that qualified in September competing in a knockout format. The Quarter Finals will be: Italy vs United States, Germany vs Canada, Australia vs Netherlands and Croatia vs Spain. Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Taylor Fritz, amongst others, have confirmed their participation.
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