5 Players to Watch Out For in 2013

As another scintillating Australian Open wraps up, it shows us how good a year 2013 could be for tennis.

A new year also brings with it some new faces and the emerging newcomers, with the potential to take the game by storm.

But who will be tennis’ next generation of shining lights?

Well here are our top tips for the year ahead.

Laura Robson

Laura Robson is quickly becoming one of the leading ladies in tennis and along with Heather Watson, is hopefully bringing back the glory days of British ladies tennis.

She reached the third round of the US Open in 2012 and also made it to the final of Guangzhou Open (the first British lady since Jo Durie in 1990 to reach the final of a WTA singles event).

An effective left-hander, she performed excellently at this year’s Australian Open, losing out in the third round to Sloane Stephens (who then went on to defeat Serena Williams).

Big things are expected for the Melbourne-born Brit, but at the tender age of 19, she has a big future ahead.
Sloane Stephens

It takes a fantastic player to knock Serena Williams out of a Grand Slam event, but it’s even more incredible when the player who defeated her at the 2013 Australian Open is 19 years old.

American Sloane Stephens is one of the finest up-and-coming players in ladies tennis. Prior to the Australian Open she was the only teenager in the Top 50, but since her incredible performance, (reaching the semi-finals) she is now in the top 25.

She will surely soon take over from the Williams sisters as America’s best female player.

Ryan Harrison

On the 6th September, shortly after losing to Juan Martin del Potro at the US Open, Andy Roddick brought down the curtain on his illustrious career.

This was a big blow for American tennis fans, which was seen as the possible end of the US’s male dominance. The days of Sampras, Agassi and Courier seemed to be over.

Until now.

Ryan Harrison is the next big-game player on the US scene and has the potential to be a star. He appeared in all four Grand Slam events in 2012, and also reached the Semi-final of the SAP Open for the third consecutive year.

A strong, athletic player with a powerful playing style, expect him to be a big star in 2013.
Jerzy Janowicz

The tennis world looked on in awe as a relative unknown powered his way past some of the ATP Tour’s best players to seal a place in the Paris Masters final.

2012 was an incredible year for Jerzy Janowicz, beginning the year ranked at 221 st in the world. But after an impressive performance at Wimbledon and his heroics in France, he saw his ranking soar upwards to 26th, an incredible feat that ensures that big things can and should be expected from him in 2013.

Standing at 6ft 8, he is a towering opponent and formidable at the net. He is also extremely light- footed and moves excellently around the court, impressive considering his size.
Bernard Tomic

When Lleyton Hewitt retires, it will be a sad day for Australian tennis. An incredible player, world No1 at the age of 20 and a former Wimbledon and US Open winner, fans will now be in search of a new hero.

Bernard Tomic has the potential to be that man.

It’s been a great 18 months or so for Tomic, who has seen his ranking increase since joining the ATP Tour. He beat 5th seed Robin Söderling at Wimbledon 2011, reaching the quarter finals and has won both the US Open and Australian Open as a junior.

He has a terrific mental toughness and endurance that will benefit him when it comes to the big events.

Currently No 43 in the world but was 27th last year after a series of thrilling performances, expect him to power on in 2013.

This article was written by Sam Rigby on behalf of Wimbledon Debenture Holders (link), the home of ticket packages for the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.

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