ATP Tour: Holger Rune and Jack Draper among seven players under 25 to watch in 2023

A delighted Holger Rune Credit: Alamy
A delighted Holger Rune Credit: Alamy

As things are shaping up, 2023 could be a huge year for players under-25 like Carlos Alcaraz, Holger Rune and many more.

There are so many exciting talents on the ATP Tour threatening to break through the ranks.

Some of those players have already scaled great heights.

Carlos Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz celebrates Credit: Alamy
Carlos Alcaraz celebrates Credit: Alamy

Looking likely to end 2022 as the World No 1, few young players would dream of having the year Carlos Alcaraz has had before their 20th birthday.

Injuries might hamper his preparation for the Australian Open, however, he is likely to hit top form somewhere around the Sunshine Double and will be a huge threat during the clay season.

He still needs to show that he can adapt his game to grass but to be honest Alcaraz has all the tools to win multiple Wimbledon titles.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitispas unmoved Credit: Alamy
Stefanos Tsitispas unmoved Credit: Alamy

On the border in terms of age, Stefanos Tsitsipas turns 25 in August of 2023 and might hope to be a Grand Slam champion by then.

Tsitsipas has shown that he can perform at the highest level and topple the best players.

His best chance for a Major is likely to be the French Open, where he has already been a finalist.

Holger Rune

Holger Rune Credit: Alamy
Holger Rune Credit: Alamy

Another young player who enjoyed a sensational finish to the 2022 season and his big wins over even bigger players have set him up to be a dangerous player on the ATP Tour in 2023.

He ended 2023 with three titles to his name and a string of top scalps picked up to boot.

Rune enjoys clay and it suits his game but two of his titles came indoors on hard courts including that huge breakout Masters title.

Felix Auger-Aliassime

Delight for Felix Auger-Aliassime Credit: Alamy
Delight for Felix Auger-Aliassime Credit: Alamy

Felix Auger-Aliassime has shown what he can do this season and only needs to find consistency to show that he is already a big-name player.

His 2022 featured four tour titles and a maiden appearance at the ATP Tour finals.

He was particularly impressive in the run-in to the Paris Masters when he took control of the race for the final place in Turin.

Jack Draper

Jack Draper in action Credit: Alamy
Jack Draper in action Credit: Alamy

Jack Draper has admitted that the pandemic struck a huge blow to his development as a player but he took a giant leap forward in 2022.

After a clutch of ATP Challenger Tour titles he had the confidence to take the plunge and try to keep pace with the best players in the world.

He was impressive at the Canadian Open when he reached the last eight after getting through the qualifying tournament beating Tsitsipas on the way.

Lorenzo Musetti

Lorenzo Musetti blowing kisses Credit: Alamy
Lorenzo Musetti blowing kisses Credit: Alamy

Lorenzo Musetti won his first ATP Tour title in Hamburg, beating Alcaraz in the final to give a preview of what could be a great clay court rival.

Musetti has also won a hard court title, albeit in a tournament slammed for a poor playing surface in Naples.

He is still eligible to play in the Next Gen Finals next season but he could be a candidate for Turin.

Jannik Sinner

Jannik Sinner Credit: Alamy
Jannik Sinner Credit: Alamy

Another member of the promising youth brigade in Italy, Jannik Sinner had two instant classics against Carlos Alcaraz this season.

Sinner will be somebody who can win titles and challenge for major honours in the coming year.

Fitness and building resilience will need to be his focus in 2023 as well as climbing the rankings.

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