There a are a lot of ATP young players to watch in 2021. Italy is planning well the future oh men's tennis: men's Italian tennis at this historical moment is in excellent health is under everyone's eyes. With 7-8 players in the ATP top 100 for some time now and after Jannik Sinner's explosion last year, this year we have seen Lorenzo Musetti's.
Without ever forgetting that Berrettini and Sonego are respectively 24 and 25 years-old, we can safely say that in addition to the very positive moment, making the necessary precautions, with our teenagers mentioned above there are already the foundations for a rosy future.
What is a little strange, let's face it, probably due to lack of habit, is that going to see the ranking of the best 10 teenagers in the ATP ranking, Italy is positioned in first place. Yes, because considering only players aged 19 years-old and under, so from 2001 onwards, we boast 3 of the top 10 best-ranked boys.
In addition to Sinner and Musetti, who have already been talked about at length, in ninth place in this special ranking we must not forget Giulio Zeppieri, a talented left-handed from Latina who already boasts a title at ITF level and several interesting placings at Challenger level.
allowed to move up in the rankings to position number 318 ATP.
The other talents to see
But who are the other emerging talents? Some of them stood out no less than our boys with amazing results. One above all is Carlos Alcaraz, 17 years-old Spaniard, even a year younger than Musetti, who is collecting impressive numbers to say the least.
In fact, last October, by winning the third Challanger title of his season in Alicante, at 17 years and five months he became the youngest player to have won trophies in consecutive weeks and the second youngest ever to have won three Challenger titles.
second only to Richard Gasquet. Trained by former world number one Juan Carlo Ferrero, the young Spaniard, who was number 490 ATP at the beginning of the year, pushed himself to position number 136 in the ranking, and needless to say, after his explosion, comparisons with Rafael Nadal.
For sure, together with Musetti, considering Sinner already a reality, he is the most interesting emerging talent. Another name to note is undoubtedly that of the American Brandon Nakashima. Born to a Californian father and a Vietnamese mother, the boy born in 2001 stood out this year at the Delray Beach tournament, where he reached the quarterfinals by beating four top 100.
Since this year he has been trained by none other than Pat Cash, currently occupies the 204 ATP position, and certainly we will soon see him on more important stages. Even the United Kingdom could not miss this special ranking.
Jack Draper, also born in 2001, is a boy who embodies in many aspects the prototype of the modern player. Over six feet tall, left-handed, powerful shots, flat backhand with fast surfaces, classic forehand, he's not at all bad even near the net.
Compared to his peers who precede him in the standings, he still lacks experience at certain levels, in fact this year he has focused his activity mostly on ITF tournaments and Challenger qualifiers, but this has not prevented him from building a ranking more than honorable for a bad season like this, 297 ATP.
Holger Rune, a young Danish tennis player born in 2003 deserves a mention. Mind you, being champions of precocity does not mean having the mathematical certainty of entering the top ten, certainly the results these guys have obtained (Sinner aside) are indicative and portend a future for them as champions. We expect them as soon as possible in the most important appointments.