An 18-year-Spaniard Nicola Kuhn has been one of the biggest prospects in men's tennis in the last couple of years and he is the second player born in 2000 after Felix Auger-Aliassime who has managed to reach the Top 200.
Nicola has won his first Futures title in Hungary last year, still at the age of 17, and two months later he lifted the first Challenger trophy, conquering Braunschweig as a qualifier. The Spaniard had lost the last five matches he played in 2017 but he bounced back this February, reaching the final of Budapest Challenger before winning his first ATP match in Miami against Darian King.
Three weeks later Kuhn was back on clay, competing in Barletta Challenger with good chances for another deep run. He has led 6-4 2-0 against Goncalo Oliveira in the second round before he suffered a nasty foot injury (broken toe) that forced him to retire and miss a chance to make the main draw debut in Barcelona and Madrid where he previously received wild cards.
With a heavy bandage on his right foot, Nicola hit the gym a few days later, working on his left leg and arms and in some two weeks he started to work on the court again, sitting on the stability ball and also doing his preparations in the pool in order to recover from the injury as soon as possible and get back to competition.
Two months later Nicola is finally ready to compete again after making a full recovery, and he has announced the schedule for the following three weeks. The youngster will hit the court next week in Milan and he should travel to Germany after that to play in Marburg and Braunschweig where he has to defend the title that he claimed 12 months ago. Judging by some videos he posted, Nicola should be back to his best very soon and we will follow his progress in the next three weeks as he looks eager to continue where he left before Barletta and reach the Top 200 again as soon as possible.
Kuhn is currently ranked 226th and he is the second best player born in 2000 after Felix Auger-Aliassime, also the second who cracked the Top 200 so far. ALSO READ: 14-year-old Cori Gauff shifts her junior form to the pro circuit once again