With legends like Nadal and Federer going into their 30’s, new talent is popping up. Here is a list of the top five upcoming players of 2017
5. Chung Hyeon
Twenty year old Chung Hyeon is a talented prospect in the eyes of the ATP tennis world. He is ranked no.70 in the world with a career high of 51. He took Dimitrov to a fourth set in the Australian Open as well as receiving “Most Improved” award in 2015. There can only be good things to come for the Korean prodigy.
4. Dominic Thiem
The Austrian, who is only 23 years of age, already reached a career high of no.7. He has a 59.91% win ratio and his greatest accomplishment has been making it to the French Open semifinals. The Austrian has a strong baseline and knows how to play when facing adversaries like Federer and Nadal.
3. Alexander Zverev Jr.
At only nineteen years of age, Alexander Zverev Jr. has reached the top 50 in the ATP tour, showing great promise for the future. He has beaten several top 20 players on the tour including Roger Federer and former U.S. Open champion, Marin Cilic. One of his biggest accomplishments is beating Stanislas Wawrinka in St. Petersburg Open to win the ATP 250.
2. Grigor Dimitrov
The Bulgarian has been on fire this year, losing only once to Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of the Australian Open. Nicknamed “Baby Fed”, Dimitrov had never quite lived up to the expectations placed on him, but he is looking good this season. While not as proven as Raonic, he certainly holds more potential and could end up being more successful than the Canadian if he continues with this form.
1. Milos Raonic
It may be a bit of a surprise to you. Isn’t Milos 26 years old? Well, that is true but at age 26, he’s already climbed to the number 3 spot on the ATP ladder just behind Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. And this is to no surprise too, as he made it to a Wimbledon final by upsetting Roger Federer. With his serve hitting a maximum of 155.3 mph, there’s no doubt that Raonic will one day climb to the number one spot.
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