With a big paradigm shift taking place in the tennis world within the past few years, there is a lot to keep up with. A new generation of players are taking over the tours and are making a big impact. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have dominated tennis for around 20 years now. Since the US Open in 2016, only two people (Medvedev and Thiem) outside of the big 3 have won a grand slam. However, the tennis world is witnessing a new group of youngsters come through, and to impress your dinner guests with your knowledge, keep reading…
Norwegian-born Casper Ruud, 23 years old had his first breakthrough season in 2020. In 2020 he reached a new milestone making the Miami Open Masters final. In 2021 he performed well in the Australian Open and reached the semi-finals in the Monte Carlo and Madrid Masters. The clay specialist is without a doubt a fantastic prospect with big titles to be achieved in the next few years.
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 has a ranking of 42 in doubles and 47 in singles. Having already defeated the likes of Naomi Osaka at a Grand Slam, she will be a strong contender at the upcoming Championships.
Canadian born, aged 21, and ranked number 10. Auger-Aliassime had a successful junior career, reaching No. 2 in the world and winning the 2016 US Open boys’ singles title. In 2021 at the US Open he became the 1st Canadian men’s singles semi-finalist in tournament history. As an 18-year-old, in 2019, he became the youngest top-25 player since Leyton Hewitt in 1999 (also 18 then). From a young age he was destined to succeed and he is certainly doing so.
A 19-year-old Spaniard who has been playing in the pro tour for 4 years. The technical and harsh Spaniard with out-of-the-box thinking has not avoided comparison with Rafael Nadal himself. Carlos has a lot of talent with many titles under his belt. At the start of May 2022, he beat Nadal in 3 sets.
Born in Canada and raised in the London Borough of Bromley is Emma Raducanu. With huge titles under her belt at the age of 19, she is destined for great things. In 2021 she won the US Open (the same year she took her A-Levels) and is currently ranked 12th in the world. By reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon at 18 years and 239 days old, Raducanu became the youngest British woman to make the last 16 of the event in the Open Era.
Written By: Lydia Ray | Tennis Editor