Well 2012 has been another fantastic year for tennis.
Novak Djokovic cemented his place as world no1 with victory at the ATP Tour Finals, Roger Federer showed he truly is one of the all-time greats by claiming his record equalling 7th Wimbledon title, Rafael Nadal maintained his ‘king of the clay’ moniker by winning yet another Roland Garros and Andy Murray won gold at the Olympics and his first grand slam at Flushing Meadows.
Some of the great young talent has emerged on the scene this year, but what does 2013 have in store? and who will be the new stars?
Here’s some of the players to watch out for in 2013:
It’s been a superb 18 months or so for the young Japanese star. Impressive speed and endurance skills, a consistent serve and impressive backhand, it seems 2013 could be his breakthrough year.
- Born 29th December 1989 (22), current world no 15
- Beat Novak Djokovic at Swiss indoor tournament
- Reached the quarter finals of Australian Open, beat Jo-Wilfred Tsonga on the way.
Currently flying the flag as Britain’s no 1; the Guernsey born star has a huge amount of pressure on her shoulders, but certainly has the talent and promise to handle it.
- Became first British woman since 2002 to reach Wimbledon 3rd round
- Won the Japan Open in 2012
- Currently world no 49 at just 20 years of age
Jimmy Connors, Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi. There has certainly been some truly world class players to come out of the USA.
However in recent years American tennis has suffered through a disappointing period. (There hasn’t been a US grand slam champion since 2003). So who will save the American game?
Step forward Ryan Harrison..
- Born in Louisiana, at 20 years old is ranked 55th in the world
- Appeared in all 4 grand slam events in 2012, reaching the quarter finals of both the US Open and Roland Garros.
- Reached the semi-finals of the SAP Open for the third time
Canada has struggled in its search for a tennis star in recent history, but the search was well and truly over when Milos Raonic burst onto the scene.
The Montenegro born 21 year old is currently ranked 13th in the world and the highest ranked Canadian player since computer records began in 1973.
- Reached the fourth round of the Australian Open in 2010 aged just 20.
- Became the first men’s qualifier to progress to the last 16 of a grand slam since 1999
- Won his first ATP title in San Jose in February 2011, hitting 58 aces and without dropping a set.
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