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Players to watch out for at Roland Garros


Locker Room

April 11, 2013

Some of the great young talent has emerged on the scene this year, but what does The French Open have in store? And who will be the new stars?

Here’s some of the ‘ones to watch’ Roland Garros.

Kei Nishikori

It’s been a superb 18 months or so for the young Japanese star. Impressive speed and endurance skills, a consistent serve and impressive backhand, it seems 2013 could be his breakthrough year.

  • Born 29th December 1989 (22), current world no 15
  • Beat Novak Djokovic at Swiss indoor tournament
  • Reached the quarter finals of Australian Open, beat Jo-Wilfred Tsonga on the way.

 

Heather Watson

Currently flying the flag as Britain’s no 1; the Guernsey born star has a huge amount of pressure on her shoulders, but certainly has the talent and promise to handle it.

  • Became first British woman since 2002 to reach Wimbledon 3rd round
  • Won the Japan Open in 2012
  • Currently world no 49 at just 20 years of age

 

Ryan Harrison

Jimmy Connors, Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi. There has certainly been some truly world class players to come out of the USA.

However in recent years American tennis has suffered through a disappointing period. (There hasn’t been a US grand slam champion since 2003). So who will save the American game?

Step forward Ryan Harrison..

  • Born in Louisiana, at 20 years old is ranked 55th in the world
  • Appeared in all 4 grand slam events in 2012, reaching the quarter finals of both the US Open and Roland Garros.
  • Reached the semi-finals of the SAP Open for the third time

 

Milos Raonic

Canada has struggled in its search for a tennis star in recent history, but the search was well and truly over when Milos Raonic burst onto the scene.

The Montenegro born 21 year old is currently ranked 13th in the world and the highest ranked Canadian player since computer records began in 1973.

  • Reached the fourth round of the Australian Open in 2010 aged just 20.
  • Became the first men’s qualifier to progress to the last 16 of a grand slam since 1999
  • Won his first ATP title in San Jose in February 2011, hitting 58 aces and without dropping a set.

 

Bernard Tomic

Lleyton Hewitt is one of the greatest players in recent tennis history, world no1 at 20 and a winner of both Wimbledon and US open titles. But as he reaches the end of his illustrious career, Australia needs another champion. Bernard Tomic is the man to replace him.

  • Beat no 5 seed Robin Söderling at 2011 Wimbledon and reached quarter finals
  • Possess superb mental toughness and endurance that will help at the big events
  • Won both the Australian Open and US Open as a junior
  • Currently ranked 51 in the world and only 20 years old. Career high was 27th as of June 2012

Well that’s the players we think will cause a stir in Paris, but what do you think? Leave a comment and let us know!

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