Monday, September 21, 2015

The New Young Guns...Who's the Next Champion?

It's not doubt that Federer, Novak, and Rafa have been dominating the game for God knows how long...but who in the next generation of youngsters will emerge victorious to challenge the status quo....I'm not talking about Nishikori, Raonic or Dimitrov, but the teenie boppers....all of whom are insanely talented...

The following lists the players and their strengths/weaknesses from what I've seen and observed of them so far...

Borna Coric
Maturity for his age versus the others
Tall and physically strong
Fighter and never gives up
Has defeated Nadal, Murray, Robredo
Currently ranked 33
Coach is Thomas Johansson former Australian Open champion

Nick Kyrgios
Tall and huge serve and crushing forehand
Beaten Nadal (Wimbledon), Federer (clay), and Gasquet (Wimbledon)
Ranked 37 in the world
Punk and can easily go astray in the matches
Mentally all over the place...but entertaining
Should be known for his play, skill and talent not his mouth
Fiasco with Stan Wawrinka and what he said about Stan's gf


Thanasi Kokkinakis
Height of 6 ft 5 and can use this to his advantage
Huge win at French versus Tomic this year and saved match points
Elegant/stylish player
Ranked around 70 and made all the grand slams in 2015
Defeated players Juan Monaco and Julien Benneteau
Good coach in former player Jason Stolternberg
Needs to work on fitness as he cramped in the 2015 US Open
Funky hair do haha jk jk

Mischa Zverev
He's tall and his height will be a huge advantage
Once he grows more muscular and gets more physical, his serve will start to pop and be a huge weapon
Great backhand down the line - big strength
Temperamental and I've seen him crack his racquet a few times, but he's young
Needs to attack more given his size
Opportunity to be more aggressive in crunch times

Lucas Pouille
Has defeated Fabio Fognini and Ivo Karlovic
Made all 4 grand slam main draws in 2015
Tough five setter vs Monfils in the Australian Open after winning first two sets
Love his style and two handed backhand
Haven't seen as much of him versus the other players, but a huge potential...

Hyeon Chung
Played a great match vs Stan Wawrinka in the 2015 US Open...three breakers
From that match, he can hang with the big guys in rallies
Fast and can slide really well
Love the prescription sports glasses
Flashy forehand, but can improve serve
Strong physically and solid legs
Made US Open and Wimbledon main draws in 2015
Great for Asian tennis and popularity

Who will be the next Sampras, Federer, Nadal, Djokovic...I guess we'll have to wait and watch...

Let me know your thoughts peeps!


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