While most people already know the likes of Roger Federer and Serena Williams, professional tennis is entering a new generation, and there are several star players who could make a massive impact on WTA and ATP tours in 2015. Here are 5 upcoming stars to familiarize yourself with as the new year of tennis is in full swing:
1. Eugenie Bouchard – At just 20 years of age, the young Canadian came on strong last year, reaching 3 Grand Slam semifinals and the Wimbledon Final. Already ranked 7th in the world, she is likely to become a world number 1 and should certainly claim a major title soon. Will this be her year?
2. Kei Nishikori – Though he is already 25, the Japanese star made a thrilling run to the 2014 US Open, becoming the first Asian man to reach a Grand Slam final. Though he lost, Nishikori is now ranked 5th, and his star is pointed straight up. As a player capable of ingratiating the entire continent of Asia to tennis, he may be the most valuable prospect in tennis.
3. Milos Raonic – Another Canadian making waves, Raonic is ranked 8th and has already managed several deep Grand Slam runs. Though he has yet to reach a major final, in 2014 he proved capable of upsetting major stars and contending for titles. 2015 could be his breakout year.
4. Simona Halep – Much has been expected of the 23-year-old Romanian, and she largely delivered in 2014, reaching the French Open final, Wimbledon semifinal, and Australian Open quarterfinal. She should be set to win a Grand Slam this year and validate her potential, as well as her lofty ranking of 3rd worldwide.
Congratulations to the 2015 #BNPParibasOpen Champions, #SimonaHalep and #NovakDjokovic! Romanian #Halep takes home her first major title and Serbian #Djokovic defends his title to show his continued dominance as World No. 1. Tennis in the desert his could not have been more spectacular! Next tour stop: #MiamiOpen.
5. Thanasi Kokkinakis – An Aussie, the 18-year-old made waves by defeating 11th-seeded Ernests Gulbis in the Australian Open’s first round in 2015. Only 18, he has showcased massive potential will certainly rise well beyond his current ranking of 147th. While he may be a few years short of contending for Grand Slams in 2015, he is certainly a player worth keeping tabs on this season!
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