Young Tennis Stars Who Will Make it Big
Alas, the careers of all great athletes inevitably come to an end. The likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have dominated international men’s tennis in recent years.
While these legends are still capable of offering some of the best performances of their careers, they too will one day retire. At some point, they will have to pass the torch just they received them from the legends before them.
This also begs the question: who are the next in line for tennis greatness? Nitrogen Sports Blog dissects the qualities of these youngsters to see whether they have what it takes to take the mantle from Federer and the other multiple Grand Slam winners.
Tennis players who have a bright future ahead of them
Alexander Zverev (Winner at Washington Citi Open 2018, 4th at the Australian Open 2019)
At only 21 years of age, Zverev is already getting plenty of hype as one of the next big things in tennis. It’s not always that a young player displays the amount of potential that Zverev is showing right now, so the future is definitely bright for him. So far in his career, the German has taken home 10 singles titles. He has proven capable of winning both on hard and clay surfaces. Zverev has also received endorsements from noteworthy opponents. Nadal honce referred to him as “a future number one”. His qualities have also attracted the attention of Federer, who had experience training with the German. Expect Zverev to be among the ATP elite for many years.
Stefanos Tsitsipas (4th place at the Australian Open in 2019, Winner at Marseille 2019)
Tsitsipas is only 20 but his youth has not stopped him from breaking into the top 10 rankings of the ATP. The fact that he is the youngest among the 10 players on that list is proof of how far he’s gone so far in his blooming career. If anything, it also shows a promising career trajectory for the Greek star. Tsitsipas is attracting attention because of his calm demeanor, as well as his his knack for finding killer shots from the baseline. We would like to see him challenge the elite players more often. But with more experience, it looks likely we will see Tsitsipas at the top for some time.
Hyeon Chung (Winner at NextGen Finals in 2017, 4th place at the Australian Open in 2018)
He may be young, but Chung commands the attention of everyone like a savvy veteran whenever he’s on the court. By the age of 22, the South Korean has already amassed over $3 million in prize money. He has impressed tennis fans with his accuracy and skill. He has won matches against superstars like Novak Djokovic, the player whom Chung modeled his style after. In 2018, Chung gave his best performance in a Grand Slam tournament. The Korean reached the semis at the Australian Open and his fans are anxious to see more of the same.
Nick Kyrgios (Winner at Acapulco 2019, 3rd Round in Wimbledon 2018)
Kyrgios is one of the most talked about players on and off the court. This is a blessing and a curse. Sure, his talent is obvious, but his attitude has been known to get the young Australian into trouble. Great service game, nifty backhands and some of the best net play on the ATP World Tour could turn him into a household name. Whether he can develop the mental fortitude needed to gain universal acclaim is something that remains to be seen.
Karen Khachanov (Winner in Paris Masters 2018, Winner at VTB Kremlin Cup 2018)
When speaking of future tennis stars, Khachanov’s name is bound to come up. The 22-year-old Russian doesn’t need much hype from observers and hardcore fans. His achievements speak for themselves. Already a multiple ATP title winner, Khachanov defeated Djokovic during a meeting at the Paris Masters title match in 2018. Khachanov is riding a tall wave at the moment/ Hopefully for him, he can sustain his momentum in years to come.
While the veterans continue to flourish these days, the young tennis players mentioned above also seem to have what it takes to sustain the continued growth in popularity of the sport. Whether that will be the case for years to come is something that remains to be seen.