Top ATP Young Players to Watch in 2020
By now we’ve been hearing about Next Gen for a while now, and given the success of players like Tsitsipas, Zverev, and Berrettini, lets look at the generation a couple of years younger that’s coming right behind them and who I expect to make some real noise next year. Here’s four players to watch.
#15 Shapovalov (20)
The Canadian had another great season, finishing #15 after finishing #27 in 2018. Out of the bunch, he’s the most experienced, and won his maiden title at Stockholm this year. He’s got a devastating one handed backhand, which looks a bit like a Wawrinka backhand on steroids. The youngster is energetic and has massive game when he’s on. He should continue to progress in 2020 and will be a fixture in the top ten.
#21 Auger Aliassime (19)
Auger Aliassime had a breakout season last year, posting an impressive run at Queens Club where he beat Dimitrov, Kyrgios and Tsitsipas on his way to the semifinals. He actually beat Tsitsipas twice during the year. Two big time wins considering Tsitsipas just won the ATP Finals. I’d be looking for him to win his first ATP level tournament next season and creep into the top 10.
#18 Alex De Minaur (20)
The young Australian had one of the best seasons out of all the youngsters, posting three ATP 250 tournament wins. He improves on his #31 finish from last year and is now the top ranked Australian. Although, we know that Kyrgios is the top Australian when it comes to game and talent. But De Minaur is the real deal. In addition to his three titles, he made an appearance at the Basel ATP 500 final, losing to hometown hero Roger Federer in two quick sets.
#95 Jannik Sinner (18)
Sinner makes it to our list given the fact that he won the ATP Next Gen finals. He spent most of 2019 on the challenger circuit but posted some decent results throughout the year and made it to the semis of the European Open. Look for him to creep into the top 30 next year.