The young stars to pay attention to during the grass season
As the dust settles on the clay season and thoughts turn to Wimbledon, the young stars in the game have already been lambasted by Boris Becker, who believes that those under 28 need to up their game and start challenging for majors.
While the women’s game has been full of upsets, the men’s side is a lot more entrenched, and players over 30 have now won the last ten Grand Slams. Dominic Thiem has arguably been as close as any in the last two finals at the French Open, but he was nowhere near in the end as Nadal showed his class and experience to secure more majors.
However, with the clay season over and thoughts turning to grass, we take a look at the up-and-coming players being tipped for sports betting glory.
The young Canadian star’s breakout year has seen him reach the final in Lyon while making the last four in Miami.
Commentators believe that an ATP Tour trophy is not too far away now, and he is currently the youngest player to grace the top 100. While he is not expected to win a Grand Slam just yet, his withdrawal from injury at Roland-Garros meant that we did not see the best of him at this level.
Lurking on the edges of the top ten without breaking through just yet, the Croatian Ćorić has shown flashes of brilliance and has upset plenty of top seeds without getting his name on too many trophies.
He did get his first trophy last year on grass by beating Roger Federer in the Halle Open in Germany, and it seems that grass is the surface to which he is most suited.
At just 20, he is one of the more storied NextGen players on the circuit. He has already made the last four of three Masters 1000 tournaments, and he stole the show at the Canadian Masters in 2017 when he won his first title, beating Rafael Nadal.
He has been in strong form at times this year, and was the only player to take a set off world number one Novak Djokovic in the entire Australian Open. If he can find some consistency, he is definitely a player to keep an eye on as we move to grass.
He has two titles already this year, in Marseille and Estoril, and hit the big time when he beat Federer in the first Grand Slam of the year. Grass seems one of his favoured surfaces, and he is capable of going far in Wimbledon.
Words: Danielle Nixon