February 4, 2015
Guest Post: 5 Young Tennis Players Who Could Become Grand Slam Champions
With Federer exclaiming that he needed some time off after Switzerland's recent victory in the Davis Cup and Rafael Nadal's ongoing problems with injury it is worth asking who the next grand slam champions might be. In the immediate future it seems likely that we'll be treated to a battle at the top between the proud Scot Andy Murray and Serbian stroke-maker Novak Djokovic.Â However, it might be that one of the following young stars steps in to steal the show.
The big serving Canadian is rapidly making his mark on the world tennis scene. He's already recorded some pretty impressive wins over Fernando Verdasco and Janko Tipsaravic in the finals of major ATP tournaments. Although Raonic has yet to make it to the quarter finals of a grand slam, it is likely that he'll make a major breakthrough at some point soon. His best chances will undoubtedly come at the Open events in Australia and the United States.
Members of the tennis fraternity have been banding Tomic's name about as a potential grand slam champion for some time now. Their claims are based upon the Aussie's wonderful junior record and excellent recent showings at the AAMI Classic and Wimbledon. However, questions have been asked about the temperamental fragility of this tennis prodigy. Perhaps an understated coach such as Ivan Lendl could help Tomic to achieve his ambitions.
There has been almost as much hype about Grigor Dmitrov as there was about the young Roger Federer. The Bulgarian even has Peter Lundgren in his corner; the very same coach who nurtured the talent of the Swiss legend. At the age of 21 he has begun to deliver on the promise that he displayed in the junior ranks. Notable recent scalps include that of the American Mardy Fish and Czech Tomas Berdych. He also reached the semi finals at the prestigious Queens Club tournament this year.
Matthew Ebden's consistent and thoughtful brand of tennis has enabled him to make big strides up the tennis ladder over the last couple of years. In 2011 he managed to win a bronze medal at the Commonwealth games. He has also had wins over the emerging American Ryan Harrison and German Matthias Bachinger. However one has to wonder whether he will ever develop the weapons to challenge the very best players.
The world's leading tennis experts will tell you that success in the juniors doesn't always translate into a glittering career on the world tour. However, the 18 year old Canadian Filip Peliwo will certainly have take a great deal of confidence from his wins over Luke Saville and Liam Broady at two of this year's major finals. The VP of Canadian tennis development recently said that 'When you consider Filip's willingness to work hard, the foot speed, racket speed and match determination, together it makes a pretty impressive package.'
This Guest Post was written by Stuart Davis, a professional Freelancer who specialises in sports writing. You can find out more about him by visiting www.writespot.co.uk