The year 2019 saw not only the Big 3 challenged on some occasions but also many new players score important wins. These upcoming stars who are either in their teens or early 20s have already made to the top 40. In 2020 they would be aiming to have further career resurgence and maybe break into the top 10 of the World rankings. We take a look at 7 such future stars who are threatening to break into the top 10 this season.
This 22 year old from Poland has been showing signs of great talent in the last 2 years. Hurkacz had a breakout year in 2019 where he won his 1st ATP title at Winston Salem and also broke into the career high ranking of World Number 33.
The Polish has been very impressive in the ATP cup 2020 where he won all 3 of his singles matches against difficult opponents like Diego Schwartzman, Borna Coric and Dominic Thiem. Hurkacz’s game is highly rated and the talent he possesses could see him into the top 10 of the ATP rankings by the end of season 2020.
The 23 year old from Croatia has already been a Junior World Number 1 as well as the Junior US Open champion. Coric has been taking big strides in last 3 years and in 2018 also achieved his career highest ranking of World Number 2. Knee injury and consequent absence from some tournaments resulted in a rankings dip and Coric finished 2019 at World Number 28.
Coric won his biggest title in Halle in 2018 when he defeated the King of Grass Roger Federer in the final. He also played an important part in the 2018 Davis Cup winning Croatian team. In 2020 Coric would be eager to improve his career high ranking and enter the top 10.
The 20 year old Australian has already broken into the top 20 in 2019 and finished the year at World Number 18. In 2019 Alex won 3 titles at Sydney, Atlanta and Zhuhai along with reaching the final act the Swiss Indoors in Basel.
Alex who is now being coached by former tennis great Lleyton Hewitt seems to be improving every year and in the coming months will be looking to touch a new high. He is one of the players strongly backed of having a chance to break in the World’s top 10 the tennis season 2020.
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The extremely talented but often complacent Australian is another player with potential to make a great impact in tennis. Many tennis players and experts regard Nick Kyrgios as a potential Grand slam champion and World Number 1 if he plays with more disciplined and ruthlessness.
Kyrgios has reached the career high ranking of World Number 13 but lack of consistency has resulted in his ranking dipping down. In 2019 he finished at World Number 30. Kyrgios is one of the home favorites in the 2020 Australian Open and if he concentrates more on his game could make in to the top 10 in 2020.
This 22 year old Russian broke into the top 25 of the world in 2019 finishing the year at 23. Rublev has already been a juniors Grand slam winner in French Open of 2014. In 2019 he won many matches against top 10 opponents including the heroic effort to defeat Roger Federer at Cincinnati.
In 2020 Rublev would be hoping to continue his form and make an effort to become the 3rd Russian player to break into the top 10 ATP ranking. His hard hitting and aggressive style of play combined with his relentless pursuit for success can certainly make Rublev the future star of Men’s tennis.
The 19 year old from Canada has been impressive ever since he turned pro in 2017. Aliassime was the young player to watch in 2019 when he broke into the top 20 of the world even before turning 20 years in age. He finished 2019 at World Number 21 despite being forced to stay away from some tournaments due to injury issues.
Felix who has been the Junior US Open champion in 2016 reached the Miami Maters semi-final in 2019 and was very near to a win squandering match points. Aliassime also was part of the 2019 Canadian Davis Cup team which managed to reach the finals. In 2020 he is expected to improve his singles ranking and hunt for titles. Felix has the potential to crack into the top 10 by the time he turns 20.
Another rising star from Canada, Shapovalov who was the Junior Wimbledon Champion has already reached the career high ranking of World Number 14. The left hander with a copybook one handed backhand had a great season in 2019 winning his 1st title at the Stockholm Open, reaching his first Masters 1000 final as well as propelling his side to the Davis Cup finals.
Shapovalov has the game as well as the grit to be a future World Number 1 as well as the Grand Slam champion. In 2019 Australian Open the young Canadian looked impressive before being beaten by the eventual champion Novak Djokovic. This year Shapovalov is looking in good touch and is one of the players to watch for. He could well be a part of the top 10 or even book himself a place for the Nitto ATP season finale in London in November 2020.