Who Are The Next Generation of ATP & WTA New York Champions

by whatsmind

As the home of the biggest tennis tournament in the United States – and one of the biggest in the world – New York is a haven for fans of the game and offers a wide assortment of opportunities to watch and play.

From the casual observer to the hardcore hard court player, you can find a whole range of different activities to meet your tennis needs in competitive and fun environments. 

Time to play the game

There are hundreds of public courts both outdoors and indoors to enjoy a game, as well as amateur leagues for the budding player with a more competitive streak, meet-up groups of like-minded people, and even tennis classes to get your racquet swinging. 

You can even take part in cardio tennis if you want to get that next-level workout to improve your fitness. 

Places like the magical Central Park, East River Park, and the famously sought-after Washington Market Park in Tribeca all offer reservation bookings to play, with the Greatest Of All Time Roger Federer even showing up amongst the crowds to practice during past US Open competitions.

A room with a view

Going even further, you can actually stay in the only hotel in the city with its own tennis court, available to play on all year round. 

As part of its health and fitness club, the Millenium Hilton New York One UN Plaza possesses the ability to contest a few rallies with your partner and proves a welcome addition to the hotel and leisure scene, offering fantastic views of the East River. 

Of course, for the more avid tennis fan who wants to watch some elite-level play the city plays hosts to one of the biggest tournaments around.

The Big One in the Big Apple 

The US Open is one of the four Majors in the tennis calendar and inspires millions of fans around the world to take part in fun. And as we have already demonstrated, there is nowhere more suitable to do it than in the Big Apple itself. 

The US Open is a hardcourt tournament that acts as the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year. Taking place at Flushing Meadows in Queens, the tournament is one of the oldest tennis championships in the world and attracts tens of thousands of fans every year.

And now with the new legalization of sports betting in New York, fans will be able to bet on their favorite tennis players at this – and other – major international tournaments throughout the year.

Just like in most states, New York fans can bet on tennis online via licensed sportsbooks or in real money daily fantasy contests. Tennis betting covers all major tournaments, including the ATP, WTA, ITF, and the Olympics.

New breed with bright futures

You can even check out the odds to back the next generation of future stars of the Arthur Ashe Stadium. American darling Tracey Austin was just 16 years and 270 days old when she lifted the women’s crown in 1979, whilst another homegrown future star took the men’s crown at just 19 years of age – a certain Pete Sampras.

Even New York itself has created a long line of great tennis players such as Vitas Gerulaitis and John McEnroe, and today’s current crop of rising stars like Noah Rubin and Jamie Loeb are hoping to push on and make their mark.

So New York, thanks largely to the US Open, has proven a great breeding ground for top tennis talent. 

Here we take a look at some up-and-coming American names who are hoping to use their homeland competition later this year as a springboard to carve out a glittering career on the courts, with three each from the men’s ATP organization and the women’s WTA equivalent…

Next-generation in the ATP

Jenson Brooksby (age 21; ATP ranking 58)

2021 was a brilliant breakout year for Brooksby – he became the second-youngest ATP Tour finalist on his grass-court debut at Newport, beat world number 15 Auger-Aliassime in Washington when ranked way down at 130, reached the US Open fourth round, and broke into the Top 100. 

Achieving a career-high 56 thanks to a record of 49-12 overall with 3 Challenger titles, Brooksby is being tipped to potentially be “America’s Daniil Medvedev”. Another player for whom It all rests on improving his serving game – if he can nail that, he could prove unstoppable in 2022 and could be heading back to New York’s Grand Slam at just the right time.

Sebastian Korda (age 21; ATP ranking 43)

Soaring from 119 at the start of the year to as high as 38 at one point, with 31 ATP Tour victories and a runners-up finish at the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals, Korda is definitely one for the future but has a solid enough record behind him.

Even prior to last year’s feats, 2020 saw him reach the fourth round at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon – becoming only the third player to reach that stage in both events on debut. However, he will need to vastly improve his serve if he wants to continue his upward trajectory and maintain a top 50 ranking. 

Reilly Opelka (age 24; ATP ranking 29)

The No. 1 American achieved career-high No. 19 last summer after making it through to the fourth round at last year’s US Open, the outspoken giant has a strong backhand that has powered his relative success so far.

After defeating World No. 3 Tsitsipas to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 final, he will be looking at 2022 to make his mark in the latter stages of a Grand Slam. And what better tournament to rack up even more aces than New York’s US Open?

Next-generation in the WTA

Amanda Anisimova (age 20; ATP ranking 60)

2019 was the year teenage Anisimova started her incredible rise. She won her first title in April of that year before stunning the world to reach the semi-finals of the French Open at just 17-years-old – knocking out defending champion Simona Halep along the way – and touching the top 20 in the world rankings.

Then came a difficult 2020 both on and off the court which carried into the Covid-affected 2021 campaign, but this year could see her return to the fore and she will be targeting a home tournament as the opportunity to press the restart button.

Ann Li (age 21; ATP ranking 56)

After an impressive 2021 season which saw her claim a maiden title, the Tenerife Ladies Open, and a 25-14 record and a straight-sets win over Maria Camila Osorio Serrano, Li will be looking to 2022 to continue her upwards trajectory and break into the top 30.

Having steadily climbed the rankings with each WTA Tour season since breaking through in 2017, and hitting as high as 47th towards the end of last year, she will be feeling confident of improving on her third-round debut at the US Open in 2020.

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Cori Gauff (age 17; ATP ranking 16)

The teenager who needs no introduction, ‘Coco’ is the youngest player in the top 100 with two career titles already under her belt and a solid run to the mid-rounds of all the major competitions, becoming the youngest player in Wimbledon history to qualify for the main draw.

She has rapidly risen up the rankings over the past two years and will be looking to 2022 to improve on her best US Open showing – a disappointing third-round exit in 2019 – in order to maintain a sure-fire run to the top ten in the rankings.

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