Who are the tennis players to watch out for in 2023?
By Ed C
Updated 10th January 2023
With Roger Federer and Serena Williams’ retirements from tennis this year, and other older players looking to be on their way out, 2023 could really be a changing of the guard.
There are already two very young players ranked number 1 in the world, but will that continue? Here are some of the young players to watch out for in 2023.
Carlos Alcaraz (19)
Alcaraz was the breakthrough star of the year: having started 2022 ranked 32 in the world, he won Masters titles in Miami and Madrid, a first Grand Slam title at the US Open and became the world number one. At only 19 years of age, how much better can he get?
His movement is possibly the best in the world already, and he has a fearsome forehand and a potent backhand, making him very tough to beat, particularly on slower surfaces.
However, he is now the man everyone wants to beat, and it remains to be seen how he will deal with the added pressure and expectation on his shoulders.
Iga Swiatek (21)
2022 was Swiatek’s year, putting in the most dominant year we have seen on the WTA Tour for years. She won the French Open and US Open, as well as six other titles, and at one point went on a 37-match winning streak. She ended the year with a 67-9 record and as runaway world number one.
It's her raw power that has set her apart this year, simply blowing everyone she plays off the court. Can she be stopped next year? Or will her dominance continue?
Felix Auger-Aliassime (22)
The Canadian started to really fulfil some of the promise he showed early in his career in 2022. He finally won a first ATP title in Rotterdam at the start of the year, and was one of the best players in the world in the last few months of the season, winning 16 matches in a row at one point and three more titles with it.
Felix was also a great team player, pivotal in Team World’s Laver Cup success and Canada’s ATP Cup and Davis Cup wins. Coached by Toni Nadal, it will be interesting to see where he goes from here.
Coco Gauff (18)
At only 18 years of age, she is ranked 7 in the world, and has been as high as 4. She made her first Grand Slam final in 2022 at the French Open, and it is surely only a matter of time before she wins a Grand Slam title of her own. She might be the one to challenge Swiatek in 2023, and it could be the start of a great rivalry in years to come.
Holger Rune (19)
Rune had a superb year: having been outside the top 100 at the start of the year, he ended 2022 ranked 11th after winning the Paris Masters in sensational fashion, and picking up two further titles. He also upset Tsitsipas in the French Open and made the Quarter Finals. His aggressive hitting, big serving and great athleticism will make him a force to be reckoned with on all surfaces in 2023.
Amanda Anisimova (21)
The young American made the French Open Semi-Finals back in 2019, beating defending champion Halep in the Quarter-Finals. She struggled with injuries in 2022 for much of the season but still managed to win a title and make the Wimbledon Quarter-Finals. Having not played since the US Open, she will look to bounce back in 2023.
Other names to look out for
Some other names who will look to make their mark in 2023 are Italian duo Jannik Sinner (21) and Lorenzo Musetti (20). Sinner made the Quarter-Finals of both Wimbledon and the US Open, losing in five sets to eventual champions Djokovic and Alcaraz. The stylish Musetti beat Alcaraz to win his first title in Hamburg.
Britain’s Jack Draper (20) and American Ben Shelton (20) are two powerful lefties who have enjoyed huge rises in the rankings in 2022, and will look to go even higher next year.
Emma Raducanu (20) already has a Grand Slam title to her name, but struggled with injuries in 2022. She will aim to get back to near her career high ranking of 10.
Bianca Andreescu (22) is another Grand Slam champion who has since struggled with injuries, but showed signs of getting back to her best in the second half of 2022.
Alycia Parks (21) stands at 6’1” and has an enormous serve to match, and Leylah Fernandez’s (20) defensive skills make her tough to beat.
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