Nine players from the entry list who are already part of the elite without having reached 22 years of age
A total of nine players from the entry list for the next Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell have not yet reached the age of 22, which reinforces the idea of the firm commitment of the organization for the tennis of the future. In addition to the six who are eligible to play the Next Gen finals this year (Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alex de Miñaur, Denis Shapovalov, Frances Tiafoe, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Casper Ruud), we must add Taylor Fritz, Reilly Opelka and Jaume Munar, who are 21 but throughout this breakthrough season will stop appearing in that new Next Gen category with which the ATP works.
The tournament presents this year a fantastic roster of promising young players among which only 20-year-old Frenchman Ugo Humbert is missing. The rest of the future champions will premiere on the courts of the Real Club Tenis Barcelona in Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell edition to remember.
Of the nine, four already know what it is to lift a trophy in the circuit. The first, of course, the Greek Tsitsipas, installed since a few days ago in the top-10 of the world ranking. He won in in Stockholm 2018 and in this campaign has already won the title in Marseille.
Those who have also added a title: Tiafoe (Delray Beach 2018), De Miñaur (Sydney 2019) and Opelka (New York 2019). And waiting to lift their first trophy: Felix Auger-Aliassime, who has played this year's Rio de Janeiro final and already has a victory over a top-10 (Tsitsipas in Indian Wells), Shapovalov, who was the last to fall in Indian Wells, Ruud and Munar.