2020 will be the year in which many young players will be confronted with all the expectations there are about them. Many have already shown something important in 2019; a promise made to us and to the next generations of tennis media and fans.
The most striking examples are two: Jannik Sinner and Cori Gauff. Sinner has just been voted Newcomer of the Year by his colleagues of the ATP Tour. At the end of an exciting season, the young Italian won the ATP Next Gen Finals, also winning three Challenger titles and reaching his best ranking (78th position of the ATP Ranking).
All of this just at 18 years-old. Cori Gauff is now a star, despite her being just 15 years old. Ranked 68th in the WTA Ranking, the young American got the limelight at Wimbledon, where she reached the fourth round, beating also Venus Williams.
At the US Open, she stopped in the third round. On 2019 October 13th, she won her first WTA title in Linz, defeating Jelena Ostapenko, in three sets. The business-cards of these two youngsters are certainly the most dazzling.
Among the boys, there are other prospects to be observed carefully in 2020. Among them certainly are Alexei Popyrin, Miomir Kecmanovic, Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina and Corentin Moutet. Now all of them are called to give an answer similar to that of Sinner; it won't be easy, but all four have the chance to improve next season.
Others include Finnish Emil Ruusuvuori, German Rudolf Molleker, British Jack Draper, the16-year-old Martin Damm, Jonas Forejtek (winner of the 2019 US Open Boys Singles), Holger Rune (winner of the 2019 Roland Garros Boys Singes), and Shintaro Mochizuki (winner of 2019 Wimbledon Boys Singles).
All very interesting prospects, but will they have the same precocity as Jannik Sinner? The young players of the WTA Tour are already bewitching the world: Bianca Andreescu, Amanda Anisimova, Sofia Kenin and Dayana Yastremska are already established realities. Olga Danilovic, Iga Swiatek, Anastasija Potapova are other young women in search of glory.
With them, are Dane Clara Tauson, Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez, Ukrainian Daria Snigur, and Colombian María Camila Osorio Serrano. In short, there is a large group of young players who are ready to show off their skills even among their older colleagues. A further interesting idea on a season that promises to be exciting.