'Media promotes Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, while...', says top coach

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'Media promotes Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, while...', says top coach

With the press conference to present the Masterplan, the "Race to Turin" continues, the race towards the Nitto ATP Finals 2021 that from November 14 to 21 will see the eight best players and the eight best men's doubles pairs compete in the Pala Alpitour in Turin of the season.

It will be the first of five occasions that the Turin facility, inaugurated on the occasion of the 2006 Winter Olympics, will host the most important indoor tennis event on the tennis calendar. A super-tournament, played uninterruptedly since 1970 in some of the most important cities in the world, that the Italian Tennis Federation beat the organization after a long challenge, which began in November 2018 and won on April 24, 2019, when it had the best of a shortlist of candidates now restricted to five cities, out of the initial forty.

The Mayor of Turin and Vice President of the Italian Tennis Federation Chiara Appendino, the President of the Honorary Committee of the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin, Gianni Ocleppo, the General Manager of FIT Servizi Marco spoke in the Swiss Guard Room of the Palazzo Reale in Turin.

The eight participants of the prestigious tournament will be designated by the "FedEx ATP Race to Turin", a ranking obtained considering only the 19 best results obtained during the 2021 calendar year. Specifically, the 19 best results will be calculated taking into account the following events: - the 4 Grand Slam tournaments - the 8 mandatory ("mandatory") ATP Masters 1000s, that is, all except Monte Carlo - the 7 best results obtained in other tournaments (Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo, ATP Cup, ATP 500, ATP 250, ATP Challenger).

The only exception is the case where one of the winners of a Grand Slam event of the season should not be in the top 8 of the FedEx ATP Race to Turin after the last tournament (the Rolex Paris Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy ).

Thereafter, the tournament rotated between Frankfurt (1990-1995), Hannover (1996-1999), Lisbon, Sydney, Shanghai, Houston and London, where it remained from 2009 to 2020 before passing the torch to Turin. Topping the ranking of multiple winners is Roger Federer, with 6 titles, ahead of Novak Djokovic.

Rafael Nadal has never won.

Marian Vajda on Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic's long-time coach Marian Vajda recently spoke at length about the Serb's relationship with the media and his dominance of the men's tour. "The media write what they want, perhaps to push an agenda or they want to influence something," Vajda said in a conversation with Sasa Ozmo of Tennis Majors.

"Sometimes, they are one-sided and do not see the complexity of Novak’s personality. He is fantastic, a very nice and a positive person, which brings a lot of good energy to spectators. Sometimes, people are in favor of the underdog, because Novak is so dominant and nobody wants to see him winning," he added.

"His domination is so big that many people are jealous when seeing such perfection, so they ask: “How is this possible? How can he win so much?” They do not believe it. In a way, it is normal in sports that people want to see somebody else at number one," Vajda went on.

"My hope is that it has only to do with the sporting side, but I would like to see a more balanced (media) approach when it comes to Novak. Media promotes Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the younger generation too – nice things are being written about Novak as well, but from my point of view, he deserves more positive coverage, he is a true champion."