Spaniard is first player to guarantee spot at season-ending event

Just over 24 hours after wowing Wimbledon with his stunning championship match victory against Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz lit up the city of Turin on Monday night.

An image of the 20-year-old Spaniard was projected onto the historic Mole Antonelliana, the landmark building of the Italian city, to announce his qualification for the 2023 Nitto ATP Finals. Alcaraz is the first player to qualify for this year’s edition of the prestigious season-ending event, which will take place at Turin’s Pala Alpitour from 12-19 November.

It is the second consecutive year that Alcaraz has qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals. He was set to make his debut at the eight-player tournament in 2022 but was forced to withdraw due to injury. Novak Djokovic ultimately triumphed for a record-equalling sixth crown, defeating Casper Ruud in the final to draw level with Roger Federer’s title tally.

Alcaraz’s victory at Wimbledon on Sunday afternoon ensured he stopped Djokovic from usurping him as No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. The Serbian remains in second place, 730 points behind Alcaraz, in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin. With both players enjoying stellar 2023 seasons so far, they remain the frontrunners to become the year-end ATP No. 1 presented by Pepperstone. The battle for that coveted prize could be decided by who shines brightest in November in Turin.