Wimbledon 2019: Five young stars who could shine at the All England Club
With Wimbledon 2019 just around the corner, who of the Next Generation is primed to step up and challenge the older elite at SW19? James Spencer guides you through the five who could cause a splash.
The highly-rated 18-year-old has enjoyed a fine breakout season making the semi-finals of the Miami Masters and also reaching the final of Lyon on the eve of the French Open.
Auger-Aliassime is currently the youngest player in the world’s Top 100 and is getting closer and closer to a maiden ATP Tour title.
The Canadian was forced to pull out of the French Open at the last-minute through to injury. Hopefully by the time Wimbledon comes around he will be fresh and motivated to make his Grand Slam breakthrough.
The Croatian Next Gen star has lacked consistency, but has still made the fringes of the world’s Top 10.
Coric was mightily impressive at Halle last year beating the nine-time champion Roger Federer in a thrilling three-set final.
He managed to beat the Swiss again in Shanghai, winning their semi-final clash before losing his maiden Masters 1000 final to Djokovic.
If Coric plays as well as he did in Halle last year, he could be one of the surprises of the grass-court season.
Along with Felix Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov is another talented Canadian. The 20-year-old famously beat Rafael Nadal at the 2017 Canadian Masters and has gradually adjusted to the demands of the ATP Tour.
Like Auger-Aliassime, he made the semi-finals in Miami to make an impressive record of having played in three different Masters 1000 semi-finals.
Shapovalov was also the only player to take a set off eventual champion Novak Djokovic at this year’s Australian Open.
The youngster certainly has a bright future. Perhaps at Queen’s Club and Wimbledon he can demonstrate his enormous potential.
The young Greek continues to send shockwaves through the tennis world. Last year he made the final of both the Barcelona Open and Toronto Masters.
However, it was his stunning four-set win against Federer in the fourth-round of the Australian Open that catapulted him into the public eye.
The 20-year-old has since built on his semi-final showing at the Australian Open, with title wins in Marseille and Estoril.
Tsitsipas also made the final of Dubai (losing to Federer) and played a magnificent semi-final match in Madrid to stun Nadal in front of the local Spanish faithful.
He may have lost his maiden Masters 1000 final to Djokovic in Madrid, but Tsitsipas looks destined for greatness.
Our final member of the young five is the young German Alexander Zverev. Having just turned 22, he is the oldest player in this established group but still considered a young prodigy.
Zverev’s potential is reflected by his early success in winning three Masters 1000’s and is the current ATP Finals champion. These wins propelled him to a high of world number three.
He may be struggling to acclimatise to the five-set format of Grand Slams but make no mistake Zverev’s hunger and desire to win means he is not far off tennis’ most prestigious prizes.
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