Tennis is one of the oldest individual sports in the world, and new generations constantly fall in love with it at ease. As is the case with plenty of sports out there, there are young stars ready to conquer the world, and some of them do make it.
The growth of the game has been rapid in recent years with viewers increasing both streaming and live. Whilst the growth started from the days of Nadal and Federer, now it’s time for new blood to take over and keep giving to the audience.
As Carlos Alcaraz triumphed at the Miami Open just earlier this year, we thought that it might be a good idea to see which exciting young players can follow in his footsteps. Emma Raducanu is another name that is worth to be mentioned as she became an overnight superstar when she triumphed at the US Open last year.
Well, as mentioned above, the first name that comes to mind when speaking of young stars is Carlos Alcaraz. He was ranked 49 2nd at the beginning of 2020, but two years later, he seems spot-on to cement his place in the top 10 after winning his first Masters 1,000 title at Miami Open.
His and Emma Raducanu’s successes have inspired millions of young people to work even harder for their dreams. Another inspiration people can draw is the fact that Raducanu was the youngest ever MBA recipient in 2021.
As for Alcaraz, he is a player with power off the ground, and should he continue his current trajectory, big things are to be expected. He is even now compared to Rafael Nadal and his journey to the top. Some of Rafa’s “youngest ever” records have been matched or bettered by Alcaraz already.
Alcaraz is participating in the Canadian Open or also known as the ATP Montreal. According to 888Sports, he is the second favorite after the Russian Daniel Medevdev who lost to Rafa Nadal in the Australian Open. If you are interested in placing your bets on the winner of the tournament make use of the 888Sport free bets where you get £30 free bets when betting £10.
Berrettini turned professional just in 2015, and he won two singles titles on the ITF World Tennis Tour and he won three on the ATP Challenge Tour. By doing so, he managed to break into the top 100 in the ATP Rankings in 2018.
A couple of months later, he won his maiden title at the 2018 Swiss Open, and he broke into the top 60, with a year later seeing he enter the top 25 by winning the Hungarian Open and Stuttgart Open.
In 2020 he reached the semifinal at the US Open and he burst into the top 10, while a year later he reached his first Masters 1,000 final at the Madrid Open. He also became the first Italian player to participate in a Wimbledon singles final, which, unfortunately, he lost to Djokovic.
The future looks bright for Berrettini, and he is advised to continue working hard and eventually, nothing will stop him from reaching the very top.
Holger Rune is a name that you ought to keep an eye on. He stands a good chance of following the above-mentioned players in making great strides. He has already notched three top-50 wins, and he also managed to take a set off Novak Djokovic last year at the US Open. The Serb was also visibly impressed by the Dane in that match.
Rune is a player who likes to attack, and even though his results in the last 12 months can seem a bit disappointing, people need to remember that he is still only 18. The best is yet to come from Rune, and we can’t wait to witness that.
Jack Draper is a Briton who is widely regarded to be the new Andy Murray, which is a big compliment. The 20-year-old has had steady improvements since he reached the final of Junior Wimbledon in 2018. He also managed to win four Challenger Tour titles since, so the potential is evidently there.
It has been three years since Coco Gauff beat Venus Williams at Wimbledon in her first Grand Slam. She still hasn’t won a major title, but she is still just 18. This season, Gauff managed to move inside the top 20, and even though she needs to be more tactically aware, Gauff looks set to reach the highest levels in the coming years.
Dubbed the new Caroline Wozniacki, Tauson is an exciting prospect in the tennis world at just the age of 19. She was a Grand Slam winner at a junior level and she has already entered the world’s top 40. She looks like an aggressive player with big things looking very likely in the future.