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Rising Stars of Tennis: Exploring the Next Generation

For over a decade, it’s been an incredible journey for the biggest names in tennis, such as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and the Williams sisters. But it doesn’t matter how incredible they’ve been on the court; the current generation of stars have reached the latter stages of their careers, and some have already retired.

It isn’t a time to dwell, however, because this opens an exciting moment in professional tennis where the next generation of players can step up and attempt to exceed the records of their predecessors.

 Today, we’ll look at some of the most promising youngsters making waves on the court, those who can lead the next generation and become the next rising star of tennis. 

Carlos Alcaraz

Country: Spain

Age: 20

Carlos Alcaraz has been referred to as the next Rafael Nadal, but his intensity on the court and success garnered at such a young age could elevate him to greater accolades than his Spanish peer. The Spaniard has already reached the No. 1 world ranking position aged just 19, twice! Watch out, Djokovic; you’ve got yourself a challenger.

During his short but decorated career, he’s won eleven ATP singles tournaments, including the 2022 US Open, and he’s presented a diverse style on the court with a robust forehand. He recently won Queens 2023, and as a result, he’s entering Wimbledon as the no. 1 seed ahead of Djokovic. However, this hasn’t deterred the best sportsbooks, as they’ve positioned him as the second betting favorite behind the Serbian veteran.

Whether or not Alcaraz succeeds at Wimbledon 2023 isn’t relevant because he’s already displayed star-like potential as a teenager and will undoubtedly be the perfect option for bettors utilizing a BetMGM bonus code.  

Holger Rune

Country: Denmark

Age: 20

Denmark’s Holger Rune has barely lived life as an adult and is already ranked No. 6 in the ATP world rankings. He’s collected four ATP titles thus far, and although inconsistency has been an issue, he’s defeated some of the best in the world. He will undoubtedly blossom into a generational star with more experience.

He hasn’t collected a Grand Slam title at the time of writing, but he notably reached the quarter-finals of the French Open. 2023 could be the year where Rune breaks through and makes his name known with his first major title win. 

Jack Draper

Country: England

Age: 21

Jack Draper isn’t as high in the rankings as some of our other future stars, but Great Britain is desperate for a leading man since the decline of Andy Murray and Cameron Norrie’s failure to be consistent.

Draper is ranked 75th, he hasn’t lifted any ATP titles, but we should pay close attention because he’s defeated some huge names in the top 25 and, aged just 21, has much time for improvement. 

Jannick Sinner

Country: Italy

Age: 21

Italian tennis maestro Jannick Sinner just became a top-eight seed at a Grand Slam (Wimbledon 2023) for the first time. To earn this position, he fought tooth and nail against noteworthy American opponents in no. 9 Taylor Fritz and no. 10 Frances Tiafoe.

Sinner and Rune are the youngest players ranked in the top 10 ATP rankings, and the former also became the first player born in the 2000s to reach an ATP top 10 ranking, collecting five ATP singles titles.

Cori Gauff

Country: USA

Age: 19

There are no ‘Rising Stars of Tennis’ articles worth making unless we highlight the huge potential of Cori Gauff. She’s the only teenager ranked in the WTA top 10 and has already become a star for her achievements to date.

Gauff, 19, received a wildcard at Wimbledon in 2019 and shocked the world when she reached the final 16 after defeating Venus Williams. Did we forget to mention she was 15 years old at the time!  – at this moment, the world knew we had a special talent on our hands. 

Elena Rybakina

Country: Kazakhstan

Age: 24

Elena Rybakina is a legend in her home country of Kazakhstan and is currently ranked No. 3 in the WTA. She has a career-high of five singles titles, including a debut Grand Slam at Wimbledon last year, and has reached the Australian Open and the French Open quarter-finals.

Despite collecting the Wimbledon women’s singles title last year, she’s only broken into the top 10 WTA ranking as of 2023. However, currently sitting inside the top-3 rankings, her name can no longer be ignored.

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  • catherine · July 2, 2023 at 7:16 am

    This lengthy pre-Wimbledon essay on the ever-promising Cori Gauff is IMO more than a little over the top but most remarkable for the final sentence which shoehorns in reference to a player who isn’t actually there.

    I think the editor decided Emma Raducanu deserves a mention at Wimbledon, any mention, so a bit of emergency cut and paste was applied 🙂

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 2, 2023 at 7:45 am

    I can’t move myself to read this propaganda brainwashing Catherine, sorry, maybe if you pay me $50 I can try to read it. Had enough of cocomania 3 yrs ago.

  • catherine · July 2, 2023 at 9:19 am

    Scoop – you weren’t supposed to read it, except maybe the last sentence.

    I’ve never understood cocofrenzy. She’s a good player but not terribly exciting, talks too much, mostly precocious chatter.But she seems nice enough underneath the hype.

    So uninteresting piece really but I did laugh cynically at the end.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 2, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Catherine, Cocofrenzy shows how much the tennis establishment wants the next Serena or Arthur Ashe to take over tennis. The tennis establishment urgently wants a black no. 1. A black no. 1 will get more more positive media promo and sponsor millions than a Kenin or Rybakina. Also it’s interesting how the Tennis Channel has given analyst jobs to Taylor Townsend, Nick Monroe, and Chris Eubanks, three very good but undistinguished players. It’s fairly clear the tennis establishments wants to change tennis from being seen as a generally white sport.

  • catherine · July 3, 2023 at 2:32 am

    That’s probably true, your conclusion, but in a broad sense this may happen anyway, with just widening participation.

    But I still think it’s a bit peculiar, and not a good thing, for this particular burden to be dumped on a girl like Coco when she was hardly a teenager.

    Her future could be quite problematic.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 3, 2023 at 8:31 am

    Coco’s handlers already had her out there promoting the BLM three years ago but they had the good sense to shut that down. They expected Coco to win a major years ago and surely are disappointed with her singles failures. If she can win the singles major, expect the handlers to manipulate their puppet to push the BLM stuff and leftist politics. The major mistake the team made is not hiring a real coach instead of going cheap with the hitting partners and a guy like Diego Moyano who has no track record of success. If he did he would be in more demand. Coco parents need to let go and take the risk of sharing the coaching and the credit. But the new coach would get all the credit if she wins a major title. The parents fear that scenario.

  • catherine · July 3, 2023 at 4:20 pm

    Coco out first round to Kenin. I had an idea Sofia might beat her.

    Really needs to stabilise the coaching situation.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 3, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    No surprise, Kenin had to be extra fired up to play the unproven kid who got all the sponsor contracts while she got nothing after winning AO and making finals at FO. The stagnation of Coco continues. She will drop out of top ten.



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