Male Tennis Players to Watch in 2022
the dust settled on another Wimbledon tournament,
all eyes were on Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini,
as they battled out a final with the flourish and
panache, we've come to expect from two of tennis'
result? Djokovic finally matched the number of Grand
Slams as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal - and, at
only 34, has the years left to surpass them. However,
this wasn't simply a tournament to solidify the claim
to the number one spot for the Serbian.
and Nadal are now both north of 35 and still showing
their class and guile even after 20 Grand Slam titles
apiece. However, it's finally looking as if age and
injuries are starting to have a notable effect on
host of up-and-coming players have emerged over recent
years and laid real claims to being the legitimate
next generation of champions to finally break the
stranglehold the Big Three have had on the sport for
the past decade.
22-year old Greek first burst onto the scene in 2018's
Wimbledon tournament and made an immediate impact
when he made it to the fourth round. However, it was
at the French Open following this tournament that
he made his intentions to be recognised as a world-class
player very clear. Tsitsipas broke a third consecutive
defeat-streak in the semi-finals to be ranked fourth
in the world and lost to none other than Djokovic
in five sets, where Tsitsipas also held a 2-0 set
lead in the match.
aggressive baseline player, the 6-foot-5 Greek possesses
the versatility to play an all-court style and is
known for an aggressive forehand that he often employs
to win points off of the serve. His most glaring weakness
is seen as his proactive approach to win points, which
tends to lead to unnecessary unforced errors. This
sort of issue can, however, be trained out of players
in the earlier stages of their careers, so the ceiling
of Stefanos' potential has to be considered a high
disappointing 2021 Wimbledon showing, defeated
in the first round by Francis Tiafoe, can't detract
from the fact that this player has quality untapped
and shouldn't be underestimated by any means, as shown
by 11/1 odds to win the Australian Open next year.
6-foot-6 German is an imposing figure on the court,
and yet he defies expectation in equal measure. Unlike
the typical taller player's style, Zverev is noted
as a better returner of shots than serving them. His
15 ATP Single titles are earmarked by higher return
rates than serve. Despite that, his first serves have
been noted as reaching up to 140 mph, making him a
formidable offensive force, with the quality to return
most shots back at him.
from on high is always notable, as Zverev has received
compliments from the Big Three, including Nadal, who
noted him as a "clear possible future No. 1 at
Wimbledon" this year.
Zverev went on to reach the fourth round, which is
his best performance yet. In the latest
tennis odds, he's boasting 21/1 odds to win the
Australian Open outright in February 2022, making
him one of the highest-rated and promising players
going into the new year.
Russian may only be 23, but he's already a 20/1 shoo-in
to take the Australian Open. Rublev is perhaps the
best example of a 'one to watch.' Making the fourth
round of this year's Wimbledon, the quarters of the
French and US Opens in 2020 and the quarters of the
Australian Open in 2021, Rublev is a highly offensive
player, with a deadly two-handed backhand and an elusively
solid forehand game.
little like Tsitsipas, his
unforced errors exhibited at 2021's Wimbledon
and hyper-aggression are seen as his main weaknesses.
By learning to control his second serves, his general
footwork, and his patience, Rublev could be a major
concern to his competitors in tournaments to come.
The players on this list have barely begun to scratch
the surface of their potential but for tennis fans
who have long enjoyed the antics of the Big Three,
there is something particularly exciting about seeing
the next generation begin to start their ascent to
the top of the game.