Tennis players ready to take over from the greats

The next-generation of players in tennis have shown that they are ready to step into the spotlight.
We take a look at players, who are destined to take over from tennis icons Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Naomi Osaka

Many see Osaka as the next Serena Williams having already won two Grand Slam titles at the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open.
The 22-year-old Japanese superstar has been ranked number one by the WTA and is the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles.
The future is definitely bright for Osaka, who has won five titles on the WTA Tour, including two titles at both the Grand Slam and Premier Mandatory levels.
“Of course, it’s great to win to back-to-back Grand Slams at such a young age.I was not surprised by her victories because she has been demonstrating good tennis for quite a long time," Russian star Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova said about Osaka on Tennis World. 
"If she stays healthy, she could claim many more trophies. I don’t know, it will depend on Osaka and her team, maybe she would prefer to stop playing tennis after winning many major titles."


Ashleigh Barty 

Barty has risen from nowhere to become the best female tennis player in the world as she is currently ranked number one by the WTA.
The 23-year-old Australian has shown that she has what it takes to dominate the women's game for the next decade having won last year's Australian Open.
Barty, who is also the reigning champion in singles at the WTA Finals, has been compared with her compatriot Margaret Court - the most decorated female tennis player with a record 24 Grand Slam titles.


Alexander Zverev

Zverev has been praised by members of the Big Four (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray) as one of their potential successors in men's tennis game.
The 22-year-old German was the champion at the 2018 ATP Finals, which had made him the youngest winner at the year-end championship in a decade.
Zverev, who is the only active player outside of the Big Four with three ATP Masters 1000 titles, has been lauded as a "clear possible future No. 1," by Serbian superstar Djokovic.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Seen as the future of men's tennis, Tsitsipas is the reigning champion at the ATP Finals, and is the youngest winner of the year-end championships in eighteen years.
The 21-year-old Greek is the youngest player ranked in the top 10 by the ATP and has a career-high ranking of number five in the world. He is expected to surge up the rankings, and topple the Big Four in due course.
Tsitsipas has achieved a lot of success at an early age having won five singles titles and reached ten finals on the ATP Tour.

“But, yeah, he has it, you know, and he’s tall and he’s strong up there," Federer on what makes Tsitsipas one of the best players when speaking on Tennis Head.

"He can loop it and come down on it, and that’s why also I believe he’s good on faster courts and on slower courts. It’s going to be very beneficial for his career.

“You know, obviously it’s his footwork that’s always on the aggressive side. Any short ball will be attacked, and I think he does that very, very well. He’s one of the best at that in the game.”

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Published: 04/20/2020