In tennis, predicting the stars of the future is a notoriously difficult exercise. Over the years, there have been many players tipped for the top who never quite succeeded, countless number one juniors who failed to make the leap into the big league.
Everyone has a different opinion on which of today’s young guns will win tomorrow’s Grand Slams. For every person who thinks Ryan Harrison is the next Andre Agassi, there is another who thinks he’s as overrated as Donald Young. Teenage prodigies are rare, especially in the men’s game, so there is really no way of knowing who will climb the mountain until he is perched securely at the top.
So rather than rank the hottest prospects in men’s tennis based on conjecture, we’ve taken a look at the ATP standings (as of April 20th, 2015) and listed the youngest players in the top 100.
Youngest Players in the ATP Top 100:
1. Borna Coric – Age 18 (14.11.1996)
2. Thanasi Kokkinakis – Age 19 (10.04.1996)
3. Nick Kyrgios – Age 19 (27.04.1995)
4. Lucas Pouille – Age 21 (23.02.1994)
5. Dominic Thiem – Age 21 (03.09.1993)
6. Jiri Vesely – Age 21 (10.07.1993)
7. Bernard Tomic – Age 22 (21.10.1992)
8. Jack Sock – Age 22 (24.09.1992)
9. Diego Schwartzman – Age 22 (16.08.1992)
10. Damir Dzumhur – Age 22 (20.05.1992)
Both Coric and Kyrgios have impressed the tennis world with their spectacular wins over top 10 players – everyone remembers Coric beating Rafa Nadal at last year’s Basel tournament (despite Rafa not beeing anywhere near his top form) and then upsetting Andy Murray at the 2015 Dubai Championships.
The Australian youngster Kyrgios shocked the tennis experts and fans by beating Rafael Nadal at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. With some impressive serving and solid ground strokes he showed he is ready to take on the very best, earning his place amongst the top contenders for the future No.1 ranking spot.