5 Upcoming Tennis Stars You Will Be Hearing About

Tennis

STARNBERG, August 18, 2022 (Guest Post)

The tennis world is about to get even more exciting, with a variety of top-class young players threatening to break through.

While it’s extremely difficult to know which youngster will make the biggest impact on the Pro Circuit, the following are 5 players who have a chance to be the next big stars.

Carlos Alcaraz

Now aged 19, Carlos has already taken the tennis world by storm by reaching fourth place in the ATP rankings and winning a total of five ATP Tour singles titles. Born in Spain, he turned pro in 2018 and won his first titles at the age of 17.

Since then, Carlos has attracted most attention for his performances in a couple of the major Grand Slam tournaments. If you regularly place wagers in tennis matches or if you bet with Bovada in specific events of the circuit you might be familiar with his name by now.

The 2021 US Open saw him reach the quarter-finals but he was 6-3, 3-1 behind Félix Auger-Aliassime when he was forced to retire. However, it was his hard-fought victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas before that which really caught the eye.

In the 2022 French Open, Carlos also reached the quarter-final stage before losing out to Alexander Zverev over a long, tough match. It’s no surprise to see him compared to his hero Rafael Nadal, but fans will be hoping that the pressure of now being a relatively big name doesn’t adversely affect his game.

Emma Raducanu

19 year-old Emma has already put her name in the history books thanks to her fairytale triumph at the 2021 US Open, where she became the first player to go all the way from qualifier to winning a Grand Slam event. That success seemed to come out of nowhere and she’s struggled to follow it up but there’s no doubt that she has a lot of talent.

Born in Canada, Emma was raised in the UK and started playing in the WTA Tour in mid-2021. Therefore, it was a major surprise when she beat Leylah Fernandez in the US Open final just a few months later. This meant that she also set the record for winning a major title having played the fewest number of majors.

Her win in the US was done without losing a set and saw her rocket from 150th in the rankings to 23rd. Since then, she’s suffered a series of injury problems and changed coach, but there have been some signs lately of her getting back to her best.

Casper Ruud

At 23 years old, Casper Ruud has already become the highest-ranked Norwegian tennis player in history and the first to a men’s ATP singles tournament. He recently climbed to fifth on the world rankings and has collected a total of nine ATP Tour titles, with the majority of his successes coming on clay courts.

2021 proved to be his breakthrough year, as he won five titles, including the Geneva Open, the Swedish Open, and the San Diego Open. Most recently, Casper got into trouble in his Canadian Open match against Roberto Bautista Agut, because he took a bathroom break but didn’t actually go to the bathroom. Regardless, it looks like being another successful season for the Norwegian.

Marta Kostyuk

At 20 years old, Marta has broken into the world top 50 earlier in the year, while threatening to become one of the most impressive players. She first came to many people’s attention by beating Emma Raducanu in the Transylvania Open quarter-finals and has claimed some other wins against big names too.

It’s yet to be seen if the Ukrainian can reach the heights that some experts have predicted for her, and there is a chance that this is her breakthrough season.

Coco Gauff

Another young player who has already made a big impression, Coco Gauff recently reached a ranking of 11th in the world and shows signs of climbing even higher in the future. In addition, she also got to the number one spot in the doubles rankings.

We need to go back to 2019 to find her first title win on the WTA Tour, as a teenager. Since then, Coco has beaten Venus Williams at Wimbledon. So far, 2022 has seen her reach the final of the French Open, where she lost to world number one Iga Świątek in what should be the first of many Grand Slam finals.

Lorenzo Musetti

Italian Lorenzo Musetti hasn’t yet broken into the top 30 in the rankings but won the Hamburg European Open this year and looks like he’s ready to progress further. He was the world number one as a junior and won the Australian Open boys’ championship in 2019.

Lorenzo turned pro that same year and so far one of the highlights of his pro career came in the 2021 French Open, where he gave world No.1 Novak Djokovic a tough match in the fourth round before bowing out. He then went on a poor run of results but expect to see Lorenzo flying high again soon.