In a groundbreaking achievement for Jordanian tennis, 19-year-old sensation Abedallah Shelbayh, the first player from Jordan to secure an ATP world ranking with a career-high ATP singles ranking of 188, is poised to participate as the first Arab player in the upcoming Next Gen ATP Finals, having earned a wild card entry.
The 2023 Next Gen ATP Finals are scheduled to take place at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2.
Shelbayh expressed his excitement about participating in the tournament, stating, "Being part of this event makes the experience much more special. It's the culmination of hard work, and as one of the eight players, it's an emotional journey."
Shelbayh highlighted the unique nature of the Next Gen ATP Finals, describing it as a "truly incredible" concept.
He emphasized the significance of bringing together players under 21 from around the world, providing tennis fans with the opportunity to witness emerging talents exclusively at the end of the year.
Drawing a comparison to the ATP Finals, he mentioned that this event exclusively focuses on younger players, introducing new talents every year, which he considers one of the best ideas.
"What excites me the most is being an Arab, being Jordanian, and participating in such an event. The support from the Arab world throughout the week, from my family and my team, makes it special. I look forward to the opportunity and hope to perform well, showcasing some great tennis," Shelbayh added.
The Next Gen ATP Finals in Saudi Arabia holds significant importance for Shelbayh and the Arab tennis community.
Shelbayh sees the event as a turning point for tennis in the Arab region, providing motivation and inspiration for young players by demonstrating the capability to host top-tier events.
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