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Rising stars who are destined to be tennis’ future
Dec 13, 2021, 4:31:00 AM

Rising stars who are destined to be tennis’ future

If sports have taught anyone anything, it’s that a pro athlete’s career years are limited. There’s beauty to things that last, but some legends are about to retire soon in the world of tennis. Young promising players are on the rise for the future generation.

While the legends like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are still playing at an elite level, realistically speaking, their primes are about to end soon. Older players can still play well, but there will come a time that they will soon retire and give up the mantle to someone else.

Likewise, it happens in every sport, and the human body simply could not attain the physicality of a long and drawn out season. However, there are rising tennis players who are just about to peak their athletic bodies that will grant them immense power and ability to make an impression in the tennis scene. Below are these exact players who have the potential to set up the future for the ATP and other professional tennis leagues in the world.

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Jannik Sinner (ITA) 

Ranking: 14 

Age: 20 

Famous for: Being the first debutant to get to the French Open quarter finals last year, 2020. The feat has never been done since Rafael Nadal in 2005.

The 20-year-old Jannik Sinner has already four career championships under his belt, and he is the most recent title holder coming last week from Sofia. The youngest Italian to ever break into the top-15 is also one of his title records to brag about when he reaches his peak. He captured these trophies just this year, 2021, in Melbourne during the Great Ocean Road Open.

‘When you play against the best, you have to go out on the court and really play your best tennis’, said Sinner. ‘I think there is still much work to do, to be honest. A lot of experience to put in, working hard as we are doing now and trying to play important matches and important moments of a match’.

There is so much potential from this young Australian soon-to-be superstar, and an early success story is probably all Jannik needs to get to the level of the best in the world.

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Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) 

Ranking: 38 

Age: 18 

Famous for: He topped Stefanos Tsitsipas who is currently the No. 3 player of the world. Carlos Alcaraz won the maiden Grand Slam quarterfinals in the US Open.

There have been a lot of comparisons to his fellow countryman Rafael Nadal when it comes to pure skill and talent on the tennis court. Carlos Alcaraz is a fine tennis player who at just a young age is already a stunning world-class potential that will blow the ATP out of the water.

His first appearance to tennis fans was just this summer when he played in Flush Meadows and won over the crowd with his firepower and very laxed composure. When competing against Tsitsipas in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, he said, ‘I have no words to explain how I’m feeling right now. I just don’t know what happened out there on the court. I can’t believe that I beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in an epic match’, said the vanquished Greek. ‘I’ve never seen someone hit the ball so hard’.

While you can compare Carlos to Nadal, he actually believes that his game is more resembling Roger Federer’s than anything else. Almost twice as old as Carlos, Roger now has to deal with this rising star’s special abilities on the tennis court.

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Lorenzo Musetti (ITA)

Ranking: 62

Age: 19 

Famous for: Forcing no. 1 ranked Novak Djokovic to a fifth set in a matchup at the French Open.

Lorenzo Musetti is a member of tennis’ Italian renaissance who also saw the emergence of his compatriots Sinner, Matteo Berrettini, and Lorenzo Sonego. In 2020, Musetti gracefully performed the one-handed backhand that helped beat Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka. This victory led Musetti to reach the ATP Masters’ quarterfinals in Rome.

In 2021, he had impressive wins against Frances Tiafoe, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and David Goffin. By the time he reaches his prime, he will have faced and beaten countless tennis stars that will solidify his place at the ATP as one of the best players of the sport.

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Jenson Brooksby (USA) 

Ranking: 79

Age: 21 

Famous for: Jenson Brooksby is famous for his incredible back-handed strokes that kept opponents off-balanced leading him to Round 16 at the US Open. He took a set from Novak Djokovic who was seeking a calendar-year-slam.

The American rising star is one force of nature as he surged out of nowhere this year and became a formidable player. There’s so much to look forward to from this young superstar, and his talent has led him to Challenger titles in South Africa, Orlando, and Tallahassee.

He also reached his very first ATP Tour final and played his debut grass-court match to commemorate the 45-year history of the league. It’s incredible considering that he is only 20 years old and barely even has any experience. The trajectory of his career is going upwards, and it starts here with his constant appearances at big games and events.

During the US Open, he displayed a sense of passion and confidence to be at centre stage where the stakes are high. Jenson is a born winner, and as he approaches his prime later down the line, he’ll get even better with his skills and confidence on the tennis court. ‘I do have the confidence in myself that I can go really far in whatever tournament I play’, he stated.

As Jenson grows to be a more potent tennis player, more and more rising stars such as him will have to deal with his incredibly raw talent when matchup up with him.

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Words: Vonn Consul

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