Francesco Maestrelli, winner of his first Challenger tournament in Verona, jumped the most this week in the Pepperstone ATP Race to Milan, a ranking based on the season’s placings of Under-21 players that will determine qualifiers for the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan from November 8 to 12. The 19-year-old from Pisa advanced 100 spots in the ATP rankings (today he is No. 237) and 15 spots in the Race to Milan, moving up to 14th.
Luciano Darderi, 20, reached the semifinals of Romania’s Iasi Challenger, his third. He rose to 17th in the ATP’s Under 21 rankings, demonstrating the depth of Italian tennis. Eight Italians are among the Race to Milan’s top 20.
Jannik Sinner, ranked second, leads Lorenzo Musetti, ranked fourth, at the ATP 500 in Hamburg. Francesco Passaro (ninth) and Flavio Cobolli also made the list (number ten). In 12th place is Luca Nardi, who in Hamburg reached it through the ATP qualifiers for the first time and will play for the third time in a major main draw (Antwerp 2020 and Rome 2022).
Maestrelli and Darderi bolster Italy’s Top 20, where 21st-placed Matteo Gigante might soon join. Carlo Alcaraz leads the Race to Milan.
MILAN RACE PEPPERSTONE (18-07-2022)
- Carlos Alcaraz (ESP, 19) 3,820
Jannik Sinner (Italy) -1,430
Holger Rune (19, DEN)-953
Lorenzo Musetti (Italy) -621
Jack Draper (20, GBR) 559
Jir Lehecka (20, CZE) 447
Chun hsin Tseng (20, TPE) 403
- Brandon Nakashima (USA) 392
Francesco Passaro (21, ITA) 258
Flavio Cobolli (20, ITA) 255
Dominic Stricker (19, SUI) 229
Luca Nardi (18, ITA) 214
Dalibor Svrcina (19, CZE) 205
Francesco Maestrelli (19, ITA) 197
Hamad Medjedovic (18, SRB) 185
Giulio Zeppieri (20, ITA) 183
Luciano Darderi (20, ITA) 175
Emilio Nava (20, USA) 173
Juan Bautista Torres (20, ARG) 171
Filip Misolic (AUT) 166