ATP Finals 2021: here are the groups!



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ATP Finals 2021: here are the groups!

The countdown is getting shorter and shorter, with a few days of waiting for the official opening of the curtain. On Sunday 14 November the Nitto ATP Finals 2021 will definitively begin at the PalaAlpiTour in Turin: a truly prestigious tournament, which will take place in Italy, reserved exclusively for the best eight tennis players in the world in the Race ranking (only the points collected by the players in the current season count).

On Thursday evening, the highly anticipated draw of the two groups took place, which established the pairing for the first part of the competition. The formula has not changed: after a round robin, in which each participant will play three races (the winner gets 2 points; the loser none), the first two of each group will snatch the pass for the next phase, which will consist of a semifinal and then in the final for the awarding of the crown.

Matteo Berrettini is the Italian sure to take part in the prestigious appointment, given that Jannik Sinner will be only the first reserve. The Italian was not very lucky with the assignment of the groups, even if it was particularly difficult to have a favorable draw for the passage of the round, considering the high value of the tennis players at the starting line.

The 25-year-old from Rome avoided the immediate crossing with Novak Djokovic, consequently taking Russian Daniil Medvedev. In addition, the German Olympic champion Alexander Zverev and the Polish Hubert Hurkacz are present in the red group.

Surely, and there was no doubt about this, The Hammer will have to fight hard to get a sensational qualification for the semifinal, given the excellent performances of its rivals on hard courts. He will present himself as the man to beat Nole, fresh from the victory in the Paris-Bercy Master 1000 and eager to get another satisfaction in this splendid 2021 (to be framed).

The Serbian was perhaps a bit of an advantage: with him in the Green Group will be the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (his participation confirmed), the Russian Andrey Rublev and the tough Norwegian Casper Ruud. The groups Green Group: Djokovic, Tsitsipas, Rublev, Ruud Red Group: Medvedev, Zverev, Berrettini, Hurkacz

Michael Bannon will come back to work with Rory McIlroy

Michael Bannon will come back to work with Rory McIlroy, a loyalist with whom he took the first shots on the green.

These are the statements of the Northern Irish champion. Former world number 1, McIlory is now eighth in the world ranking. After a period of tarnishing, the 32-year-old Briton returned to success last October by making him the CJ Cup.

"Yes, me and Bannon are back to work together. I have always had a good relationship with Cowen and I will come back to ask for his contribution if I need it. But now it's Michael and me." In May 2009 Rory McIlroy described the Ryder Cup as an exhibition.

McIlroy said: "It's not a big goal for me. In my big project it's not such an important event." McIlroy went on to say. Golf is an individual sport, you have individual goals, and my goals are to win tournaments for myself."

European team captain Colin Montgomerie responded by saying that the Ryder Cup is not an exhibition and never will be. It is a special and unique event. The next year, in 2010, McIlroy regretted what he had said and said that the Ryder Cup is definitely not an exhibition.

In May 2011 he was criticized for missing The Players Championship. This was a controversy as 48 of the world's top 50 were in attendance, aside from McIlroy and Lee Westwood. On July 28, 2011, after being criticized live by commentator Jay Townsend for his skills on the court during the first round of the Irish Open, McIlroy tweeted telling Townsend to shut up and calling him a failed golfer.

and that his opinion has no value. Rory later claimed his comments were in defense of his caddy J. P. Fitzgerald whom Townsend pleaded guilty to McIlroy's abilities on the pitch since 2008. In February 2013 McIlroy was criticized for retiring from the Honda Classic, due to a pain in his teeth.

Critics said teeth weren't the problem, but that Rory McIlroy, world number one at the time, was having a hard time getting used to the new Nike sticks. Regarding his retirement, McIlroy said: "This is one of my favorite tournaments and I regret having decided to retire, but it was my only choice."

In May 2015, during the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, at the par 5 of the 8th hole Rory throws his 3 iron into the lake, after missing his second shot in the water. McIlroy then apologized saying, "I felt good when I did, but now I regret it.

There the frustration got the better of me." In January 2017 McIlroy admitted that he is unlikely to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, explaining that he fully feels like a Northern Irish citizen, opposing having loyalty to both Ireland and Great Britain.

On March 30, 2019 McIlroy, having finished the match with Tiger Woods lost 2 & 1 at the WGC - Dell Technologies Match Play, immediately left the field without leaving any interview. A few hours later Rory apologizes on social media for not allowing reporters to do interviews, saying he was disappointed with the result in the tournament, and wishing Tiger the best.