Stars on the Rise: Athletes on the Rise in the Tennis World

Kaden Lu ’26 in Sports | November 11, 2022

As time progresses, older players begin to fade out of the big leagues and new players start to rise into the spotlight. Players all over the world, including experienced future all-stars,aspire to play in any of the four grand slam events! In this article, we will be looking through and reviewing a few players who are on their way to ascend into the hall of fame in all of tennis history.
The first player on this list has shown his skills to the world by winning the 2022 U.S. Open and has risen to fame as the youngest ever tennis player to win a grand slam. This player, Carlos Alcaraz, is a worldwide all star in the tennis world after his grand slam victory. At the age of only 19 years, he won the U.S. Open against Norwegian ace Casper Ruud. Ever since he began his professional career in 2018, his success was rooted in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Challenger Tour and International Tennis Federation Men’s Tours. Even in 2021, people foresaw his potential to become a world renowned tennis player. Now, after four years of determination and hard work, he has become the world’s youngest ever number one ranked player.
The second player on this list is an Italian player, Jannik Sinner. At only the age of 21, he is already ranked 15th globally on ATP. At the age of 17, he already began to reign victorious on several ATP Challenger Tours. In 2020, he continued to push through the ranks as he reached the top 50 and the quarterfinals of the Roland Garros Tournament and made his first top 10 win. In 2021, his performance only seemed to improve; he made it into the semi-finals of an ATP 1000s tournament in the Miami Open and on November 1, 2022, became the world’s first player born in the 21st century to reach the top 10.
Now, transitioning into women’s tennis, the most anticipated rising star is Great Britain’s Emma Raducanu. She made history for Britain when she became the first woman since 1977 to win a grand slam, or more specifically, the U.S. Open. She also stunned the world when she became the first ever woman to qualify in a grand slam in the Open Era.
Players from around the world progressively climb the ranks, many of whom begin and are still at a very young age and have already achieved so much. These three players, along with many others may have the potential to replace the Big 3 in tennis in the future, and everyone should hope for it.