Young tennis players to watch in 2020/2021
Some of the biggest stars in tennis are now in the twilight of their careers, meaning there is likely to be a changing of the guard at the top of the sport over the coming years.
All of this represents a fantastic opportunity for some of the sport’s up-and-coming talent to climb the ladder in 2020/21. Here are four young players worth watching.
Denis Shapovalov – Canada
The Canadian youngster has enjoyed a rapid rise up the ATP rankings and finished the 2019 campaign inside the world’s top 16.
He won his first ATP title last year, defeating Filip Krajinovic in straight sets to clinch victory in the Stockholm Open.
The 20-year-old also played a starring role as Canada reached their first-ever Davis Cup Final, beating Russia, Australia, United States and Italy along the way.
If he continues his current rate of progress, Shapovalov is a great tennis bet to force his way into the world’s top 10 during the next year.
Jannik Sinner – Italy
Describing a youngster as ‘the next big thing’ in any sport is fraught with danger, but it is a tag that many pundits have already handed to Jannik Sinner.
The 18-year-old was virtually unheard of at the start of 2019, but he has already climbed into the top 100 and looks a good bet to make it even higher.
His straight sets victory over Gael Monfils at the European Open in Antwerp back in October highlighted his talent in stunning fashion.
He went on to reach the last four in that tournament and is strongly fancied to continue his upward trajectory in the sport.
Cori Gauff – United States
Gauff is undoubtedly THE player to watch in the women’s game having already made a huge impression at Grand Slam level.
She beat former champion Venus Williams on her way to reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2019 and followed by progressing to the third round at the US Open.
The 16-year-old defeated Williams again at this year’s Australian Open, before toppling defending Naomi Osaka to make it through to the last 16.
She took the opening set against Sofia Kenin in the fourth round, but the eventual champion battled back to defeat the youngster.
Dayana Yastremska – Ukraine
Yastremska has climbed into the top 25 of the women’s rankings and has already stated her goal is to win a Grand Slam tournament.
She progressed to the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2019, and also made it through to the third round at both the Australian Open and US Open.
The 19-year-old has won three singles titles on the WTA Tour and amassed almost $1.9 million in prize money.
Yastremska reached the final of the Adelaide Open earlier this year and looks destined to be a top 10 player sooner rather than later.
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