ATP RANKINGS’ YOUNG HOTSHOTS OF 2018

There has been an abundance of wonderkids in this year’s ATP tours, which gave this year one of the most thrilling and chilling experiences in the tennis’ recent history. In fact, a 20-year-old hotshot stunned World No. 1 in the ATP Finals last November.

Eastbridge betting brokerage lists the ten youngest and most sensational players that broke into the World Top 100 today:

10. Hubert Hurkacz is already the World No. 87 at the age of 21. This young gun from Poland already made 636 points out of 24 tournaments he played. Hurkacz peaked at No. 79 last 29th October. He beat Jaume Munar in 5 sets at the Next Gen ATP Finals. He also broke into the CHN Challenger final in Zhuhai.

9. Jaume Munar is the youngest Spaniard to break into the Top 100 at the age of 21 years old since Rafael Nadal back in 2007 in the same age. Still at 21, he is World No. 81 today with 661 points out of 29 matches played. Munar’s career peaked last 12th November when he jumped to No. 75. He reached the CAL Challenger doubles final with Alejandro Gonzalez in Noumea.

8. Andrey Rublev is the most prolific wonderkid from Russia, scoring 760 points across 24 tournaments he played. At the age of 21, Rublev is already sitting at the top 68. Last 19th February, he made it to World No. 31, a career-high in the ATP Rankings. He became 3-2 at the Next Gen ATP Finals for a second consecutive season. He also advanced to the 2nd ATP World Tour doubles final at ATP Masters 1000 at Miami, where he played with Karen Khachanov.

7. Taylor Fritz is World No. 49 at the age of 21. He already scored 974 points out of 26 tournaments he competed. He rose into the Top 50 of the ATP Rankings last 29th October. Fritz’s career peaked when he broke into the No. 47 last 5th November. With 23 wins, he qualified for the Next Gen ATP Finals, where he defeated Liam Caruana, but lost to Andrey Rublev and Alex de Minaur. He earned a USA Challenger title when he defeated fellow American Bradley Klahn.

6. Alexander Zverev was phenomenal this year with his mesmerizing performance of incredible stamina and stylistic prowess. This 21-year-old German wonder stormed a 6-4, 6-3 victory against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets, reaching the biggest title of his career so far. Zverev’s win resulted in Djokovic graduation out of the ATP Finals. Prior to that match, he also stunned Roger Federer just hours before his game with the premier Serbian player. At the age of 21, Zverev already occupies the World No. 4 spot with 6,385 points earned from his career’s 26 tours so far.

5. Ugo Humbert peaked in his career when he reached No. 84 last 26th November. He won in his debut appearance in the US Open where he defeated Collin Altamirano. He also won Futures doubles titles in Montauban with Ulises Blanch. Humbert still occupies the No. 84 at the age of 20, and made 653 points out of his 29 tours played.

4. Frances Tiafoe is America’s newest big thing at No. 39 in the age of 20 years old. Out of his 25 tours, he already made 1,080 points. Tiafoe is the youngest American champion in his first ATP semi-final at Delray Beach, where he beat Matthew Ebden, Juan Martin del Potro, Denis Shapovalov, Peter Gojowczyk, and Chung Hyeon. The highest rank he reached was No. 38 back in 13th August.

3. Stefanos Tsitsipas is the future of Greek tennis, currently enjoying No. 15 in the ATP Rankings at the age of 20. He already made 2,095 points out of 30 tournaments he competed in. He is the first ATP World Tour Champion from Greece when he won the Stockholm title after defeating Fabio Fognini and Ernests Gulbis. He broke into the Wimbledon 4R, becoming the first player from Greece to reach the Grand Slam R16 in Open Era.

2. Alex de Minaur is the Demon of Australia, already making 1,298 points out of 26 tours played at the age of 19. De Minaur started the 2018 season at No. 208, but is ending the year on No. 31. He was selected by fellow tennis players to be the ATP Newcomer of the Year, after winning 28 matches throughout the year. He was the youngest finalist at the Washington semi-final since Andy Murray back in 2006.

1. Denis Shapovalov is the most sensational Canadian player today. At the age of 19, Shapovalov already generated 1,440 points in 27 tours played, occupying the World No. 27 spot today. He was the youngest player to have reached the ATP Masters 1000 Madrid quarter-final and semi-final in its history. By 21st May, he was the No. 1 Canadian and is the youngest player to have broken into the Top 25 since Richard Gasquet in 2005.

By @FitsEly

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