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If we talked about multiple tournament winners a few years back, only a few names would be spoken. Of course, these names are Djokovic, Federer, and Nadal. But while Djokovic did win all 3 slams in 2021, other names are striding forward. Guys like Medvedev, Zverev, and even Berrettini are starting to make their mark on the game. But rather than looking at the established players, I’d like to take a peek outside of the box.
Specifically, I’d like to discuss some of the youngsters that could have a fantastic 2022 season.
Potential wonderkids on the rise
Let’s be honest, we’ve enjoyed a blessed era of tennis over the last decade. I feel truly lucky to have witnessed the achievements of the big three. But ultimately, they won’t be around forever, and tennis will make way for the next batch of superstars. I believe that 2022 is a year that might shed some light on who these superstars could be too. So with that said, let me quickly discuss the most promising youngsters who could cause major problems in 2022.
Having watched Carlos Alcaraz playing in 2021, it’s hard to believe that the kid is just 18 years of age. He absolutely smokes the ball, and he is a fearless competitor. He is able to hit heavy on both wings, yet he has a great tennis IQ too. Out of all of the young kids on tour, I definitely feel that he is one of the most talented. And refreshingly for men’s tennis, I don’t feel that he suffers from being physically inadequate. This is always a problem in the men’s game, as guys in their 20s are often just too strong for teenagers.
He has already shown that his game is suited to multiple court surfaces too. This is a big consideration when thinking of guys that could win multiple events.
At the time of writing, Jannik Sinner is just 20 years of age. This powerful Italian has produced better results than the other guys mentioned here, in my opinion. He has shown that he can hang with the big boys too, challenging both Nadal and Djokovic at the Masters 1000 and Grand Slam level. Much like Alcaraz mentioned above, Sinner is able to adapt his game depending on the surface too. He can hit heavy on the clay, flat and powerful on hard, and for grass, let’s just say his game is a work in progress.
Casper Ruud is the oldest guy on this list at 22 years of age. Of course, this isn’t old at all in tennis terms. Having watched Ruud throughout 2021, I feel he is an immense talent. He is a fantastic clay court player, as shown at Roland Garros and other build-up events. But at the same time, Ruud is such a great athlete that he has been competing well on hard courts too. Therefore, I believe that 2022 will be a season where Ruud shows his true potential!