Tennis is one of the most loved sports around the world. According to the latest finding, this individual sports is played by almost 60 million men and women globally.
While “superstars” currently dominate the men’s game (and Serena Williams is always near the top of the women’s game), plenty of other players are ready to show themselves as rising contenders.
Who are they?
Not all of them have won titles and are ATP players, but they are going to achieve it anytime sooner. This post is dedicated to all these rising players who have flashed serious game in the past few sessions.
First of all, let’s look at a slightly older player who has huge potential but hasn’t quite lived up to it yet.
Jack Sock – United States
It has been observed that the past decade hasn’t been kind to male American tennis players. In 2003, Andy Roddick won the US Open. After that, no man from the US claimed a Grand Slam singles title.
The guy who is hope for millions is Jack Sock. He is a 28-year-old tennis player who plays a crafty baseline game. He’s not hesitant from coming to the net, and he’s proved that he’s a solid volleyer. Jack Sock won the US Open in 2011 with Melanie Oudin. He also won the Wimbledon 2014 doubles championship, which helped him reach the top 10 of the ATP doubles rankings.
It is evident that Sock has found huge success in doubles, but he still needs a breakthrough moment in singles.His finest performances at Grand Slam are a third-round session which he accomplished at both French Open (2014) and US Open (2012).
He also had hip surgery but bounced back to the court as soon as the offseason ends. His goal is to gain more experience at Master Series major events. He won the Masters title at Paric-Bercy in 2017, but has seen a real struggle in singles since then.
He got married on December 14th, 2020 to the love his life Laura Little in a small family gathering.
Five extremely talented tennis players of the upcoming decade
1. Cori Gauff – United States
Cori “Coco” Gauff, originally from Atlanta, is the youngest American tennis player to watch in the women’s game. She started her tennis career at the age of eight, and she’s now in the Top 50.
She is just 16 years old but already made a huge impression at the Grand Slam level. She has a ranking of World #42 in doubles and #47 in singles.
This 16-year-old star has garnered a lot of enthusiastic support from the audience. According to Serena Williams, “Coco Gauff is totally capable and ready; she is definitely on a different level.”
2. Dayana Yastremska – Ukraine
Dayana Yastremska is a 20-year-old Ukrainian tennis player who has managed get into the Top 25 in the world. After Bianca Andreescu, she is the second highest-ranked player under the age of 21.
She reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2019 and also reached the third round at the US Open and Australian Open. She won three singles titles on the WTA Tour and has accumulated $1.9 million in prize money.
3. Denis Shapovalov – Canada
Born in 1999, this 21-year-old Canadian tennis is #12 in the world and recently cracked the Top 10 for the first time.
In 2019, he became the youngest player from Canada who managed to make into the top players of the ATP rankings with a deep run in Rome.
He is also one of the best left-handers of the twenty-first century. Recently, he advanced to the US Open quarterfinals and posted a disappointing 17-15 record in 2010.
4. Nick Kyrgios – Australia
The 25-year-old athlete and sportsmen Grigor Dimitrov is known for his all-court style, which is reminiscent of the Swiss great. This Australian player has made a huge name in the tennis history but also has a massive fan following curious to know about his lifestyle.
Currently, he ranks 45 in the world’s men single by ATP as of November 2020. He also ranked third highest Australian in the ATP ranking list.
He matched the mark of Roger Federer, who made two Grand Slam quarter-finals. After Roger Federer, he is one who achieved the Grand Slam title at 2015 Australian Open.
He recently opensedup about his fight with depression and how it affected his professional life and health. In an interview with The Guardian, the Aussie player said this disease left him in a “lonely, dark place”. He also started seeing a therapist in 2018 and soon recovered from his depressive state.
5. David Goffin – Belgium
Without a doubt, not a single player had such as hot run last year except for David Goffin.
The Belgian went 34-2 during the months between July and October with a sequence of 25-match win streak. As this talented player wins regularly, his overall rank jumps from 113 to 22 within just one year.
There’s no denying to the fact that David Goffin was handed over the Comeback Player of the Year reward due to his continuous performance.
According to a recent published by Crowd Writer, Goffin with a slight frame won’t blow his opponent with his physicality. He rather gets the recognition by playing a consistent baseline game and wears down his challengers.
The bottom line
Tennis is indeed a great game that makes us physically and mentally fit and healthy. The game gets more fun and exciting when played by stars on an international level.