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2013 in Review: How the Under 20 Players Performed

The 2012 season saw a continuation of the title drought for young players, this all started after 2008 with Cilic, Nishikori and Del Potro the last to taste success in that year. For the 5th year in a row teens and U20 players failed to win an ATP title (or to even make a final), with Marin Cilic winning the last one for both age groups, in New Haven 2008. U20 players scored only 13 wins in ATP tournaments, which is just a devastating number.

Things don't look much brighter at the Challenger level too, with only 3 players with promising results. In the lowest form and mass level of competition, we had some good results for younger players born after 1994, and I hope they will carry that quality to Challenger level in 2014, to gain more points and a faster climb on the ranking list. Lets take a look at the results of Under20 players through the prism of ranking, ATP Tour, Challengers and Futures, and some comparison with the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Rankings

Jiri Vesely
Jiri Vesely Tops the Rankings of the U20 Crop

The fact that we have only 1 U20 player in Top 100 and 3 in the Top 200 at the end of 2013 tells us all! Jiri Vesely finished season in Top 90 thanks to his great Challenger results, but he failed to win a match in ATP tournaments. 2009 was first year since start of the rankings in 1973 without an U20 player in the year end Top 100, the year after only Berankis made it and it was little better in last two years thanks to Dimitrov, Harrison and Tomic. Lets start with list of U20 players in year end Top 400 for 2013, with ranking and the number of points the player won:

Ranking Name Nationality / YOB Points Won
#85 Jiri Vesely (CZE,1993) 616
#139 Dominic Thiem (AUT,1993) 410
#182 Nick Kyrgios (AUS,1995) 277
#204 Lucas Pouille (FRA,1994) 246
#238 Taro Daniel (JPN,1993) 196
#258 Kimmer Coppejans (BEL,1994) 180
#266 Filip Peliwo (CAN,1994) 172
#267 Roberto Carballes-Baena (ESP,1993) 171
#276 Thiago Monteiro (BRA,1994) 168
#278 Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG,1993) 164
#292 Aslan Karatsev (RUS,1993) 154
#299 Gonzalo Lama (CHI,1993) 149
#303 Borna Coric (CRO,1996) 147
#308 Bjorn Fratangelo (USA,1993) 144
#320 Jordan Thompson (AUS,1994) 139
#328 Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA,1996) 131
#335 Hugo Dellien (BOL,1993) 128
#336 Maxim Dubarenco (MDA,1993) 128
#338 Karim Hossam (EGY,1994) 127
#340 Andres Artunedo Martinavarr (ESP,1993) 126
#357 Ricard Rodriguez (VEN,1993) 119
#363 Joris De Loore (BEL,1993) 117
#369 Dennis Novak (AUT,1993) 113
#372 Andrew Whittington (AUS,1993) 111
#376 Kyle Edmund (GBR,1995) 110
#378 Suk-Young Jeong (KOR,1993) 109
#379 Pedja Krstin (SRB,1994) 109
#388 Christian Garin (CHI,1996) 103
#395 Adam Pavlasek (CZE,1994) 101
#397 Jason Kubler (AUS,1993) 100
#398 Luke Saville (AUS,1994) 100

Having only 3 U20 players amongst the Top 200 of the season is very alarming, and it's much much worse than the last 2 years:

Ranking group 2011 2012 2013
Top 100 3 2 1
Top 200 7 8 3
Top 300 16 18 12
Top 400 30 37 31

It does not make a huge difference if we have 1 or 2 U20 players among Top 100, but the number of players in Top 200 is just too low. We can only hope the table will look much better at the end of 2014.

203 U20 players finished this season in Top 1000 (I will post full list in comments of the article so you can see it), which is little better than 2012 (195) and little worst than in 2011 (217). A list of them is below per year of birth:

  • 1993 – 77
  • 1994 – 62
  • 1995 – 40
  • 1996 – 21
  • 1997 – 2
  • 1998 – 1

The most impressive stat is the number of players born in 1996, who turned 17 this year. To compare, in 2011 we hade 10 players born in 1994, and also 10 from the 1995 generation in 2012. Borna Coric, Gianluigi Quinzi, Christian Garin and Karen Khachanov (all born in 1996) are among the biggest tennis hopes of the future and possible Grand Slam champions. The generation of 1994 will be oldest in U20 group in 2014, but I'm not sure what we can expect from them because they are already 19 years old and none of them could finish the season in Top 200, or make anything bigger than ATP Tour or Challengers. Players from 6 different generations finished in Top 1000 and this is the list with best of them:

  • #85 Jiri Vesely (CZE, 1993) 616
  • #204 Lucas Pouille (FRA, 1994) 246
  • #182 Nick Kyrgios (AUS, 1995) 277
  • #303 Borna Coric (CRO, 1996) 147
  • #651 Andrey Rublev (RUS, 1997) 38
  • #756 Duck Hee Lee (KOR, 1998) 25

Duck Hee Lee had some fantastic result winning this 25 points, and its always nice to see 15 year old guys in the Top 800. Rublev, Coric and Kyrgios also had great seasons, but as we can see again Pouille couldn't put any of the 1994 generation in the Top 200, despite having a win at Roland Garros and few more WC's for ATP tournaments.

Here's the list with 24 youngest players in year end Top 1000, and we can finally see some bright things in it:

Ranking Name Nationality Year of Birth Age Exact
#756 Duck Hee Lee KOR 1998 25 15y 7m 2d
#651 Andrey Rublev RUS 1997 38 16y 2m 11d
#809 Alexander Zverev GER 1997 21 16y 8m 11d
#794 Naoki Nakagawa JPN 1996 22 17y 1m 12d
#303 Borna Coric CRO 1996 147 17y 1m 17d
#848 Francisco Bahamonde ARG 1996 18 17y 1m 24d
#705 Quentin Halys FRA 1996 31 17y 2m 5d
#730 Jared Donaldson USA 1996 27 17y 2m 22d
#732 Bastian Malla CHI 1996 27 17y 3m 9d
#572 Patrick Ciorcila ROU 1996 54 17y 3m 11d
#696 Ernesto Escobedo USA 1996 32 17y 5m 27d
#943 Daniel Elahi Galan Riveros COL 1996 13 17y 6m 13d
#847 Marcelo Zormann Da Silva BRA 1996 18 17y 6m 21d
#388 Christian Garin CHI 1996 103 17y 7m 1d
#451 Karen Khachanov RUS 1996 83 17y 7m 10d
#550 Hyeon Chung KOR 1996 58 17y 7m 12d
#653 Blake Mott AUS 1996 38 17y 8m 10d
#628 Thanasi Kokkinakis AUS 1996 41 17y 8m 21d
#769 Elias Ymer FRA 1996 24 17y 8m 21d
#619 Johan Sebastien Tatlot FRA 1996 42 17y 9m 5d
#825 Clement Geens BEL 1996 19 17y 9m 20d
#767 Noah Rubin USA 1996 24 17y 10m 10d
#328 Gianluigi Quinzi ITA 1996 131 17y 10m 30d
#816 Filippo Baldi ITA 1996 20 17y 11m 21d

The list show us how good 1996 generation looks. Behind Rublev and Zverev its great to see so many players who are still 17. For example, in this group in 2011 there were 11 players who already turned 18, and 8 in 2012.

For the end of this section, lets take a look of Top 1000 list per nations and which countries have the most talented players:

  • 19 – France
  • 15 – USA
  • 14 – Spain
  • 12 – Australia
  • 11 – Argentina, Great Britain
  • 9 – Italy, Germany
  • 7 – Brazil, Russia
  • 6 – Czech Republic, Belgium, Chile
  • 5 – Croatia, Japan, Serbia
  • 4 – South Korea, Israel
  • 3 – Austria, Canada, Portugal, Ukraine, Colombia
  • 2 – Egypt, Slovakia, Belarus, Thailand, Poland, Chinese Taipei
  • 1 – Bolivia, Moldavia, Venezuela, Bulgaria, India, Slovenia, Romania, Latvia, Norway Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Greece, Finland, Hungary, Sweden, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Holland, Uzbekistan, Burundi, Lithuania, Luxembourg

So, 50 countries contributed at least one U20 player, with France way in front of the USA and Spain. It's hard to say if any of them can bring France a first Grand Slam title since 1983 in the future, but for sure it's great to have so many young players in contention. USA as you'd expect have a lot of young players, but the problem is that best of them is Bjorn Fratangelo, ranked outside Top 300 and the only one among the Top 400. Spain had just 8 players in top 1000 at the end of 2012 and they made a big jump. Still, they share the same problem as the USA, with no players in Top 250.

ATP Tour (65 tournaments)

ATP World Tour 2013

With only 13 wins and 2 1/4's in ATP tournaments this was one of the worst seasons for U20 players in the Open era, and the chances are really slim that anything will change in 2014. One nice fact is that we had players from 6 different generations with at least one ATP match, because Alexander Zverev (1997) got chance to play in Hamburg and super talented Stefan Kozlov (1998) in Newport, where he was close to scoring a win, as one of the youngest players in the Open era. As I said, we are waiting for ATP title since summer of 2008 and unfortunately we're going to have to wait a few more years for it. Some basic information about young players performances in strongest level of competition is below:

  • Titles: N/A
  • Finals: N/A
  • 1/2's: N/A
  • 1/4's: 3 (Dominic Thiem (2) – Kitzbühel, Vienna & Karen Khachanov – Moscow)
  • Number of U20 players who played ATP match: 30 (1993-10, 1994-7, 1995-6, 1996-5, 1997-1, 1998-1)
  • Number of matches U20 played on ATP Tour: 58 (1993-22, 1994-13, 1995-11, 1996-10, 1997-1, 1998-1)
  • Win-lose score in ATP matches: 13-45 (1993- 4-18, 1994- 3-10, 1995- 2-9, 1996- 4-6, 1997- 0-1, 1998- 0-1)

All wins for U20 players in ATP matches:

Name Nationality YOB Wins
Dominic Thiem AUT 1993 4
Karen Khanchanov RUS 1996 3
Christian Garin CHI 1996 1
Nick Kyrgios AUS 1995 1
Kyle Edmund GBR 1995 1
Lucas Pouille FRA 1994 1
Christian Harrison USA 1994 1
Filip Peliwo CAN 1994 1

As you can see, only one player from the oldest generation won matches, but he converted them into 2 quarter's. Khachanov also won 3 very important matches, Garin made one at the age of just 16 (5th player since 2000 who won ATP match before 17th birthday), with Kyrgios and Pouille scoring one win in Grand Slam tournaments. The last 2 seasons were much different in regard to players with most wins: 2011 (Dimitrov 18, Harrison 14, Tomic 14) and 2012 (Tomic 22, Harrison 21). Who knows when these numbers will be repeated again.

One fact is very concerning. In 35 out of these 65 tournaments we didn't have an U20 player in the main draw, that's 53,8% of the whole tournament calendar! For example, that number was 19 in both 2011 and 2012 thanks to Dimitrov, Harrison and Tomic who had good rankings and played a lot, but now we just don't have any player who is constantly ranked well enough to play ATP tournaments, or even come close to that. One more problem is the number of tournaments played by each player, which we can see in list below:

Number of tournaments played:

  • 4 – Lucas Pouille (FRA, 1994), Jiri Vesely (CZE, 1993)
  • 3 – Kyle Edmund (GBR, 1995), Mate Pavic (CRO, 1993)
  • 2 – Karen Khachanov (RUS, 1996), Nick Kyrgios (AUS, 1995), Dominic Thiem (AUT, 1993), Aslan Karatsev (RUS, 1993)
  • 1 – Stefan Kozlov (USA, 1998), Alexander Zverev (GER, 1997), Christian Garin (CHI, 1996), Elias Ymer (SWE, 1996), Borna Coric (CRO, 1996), Hyeon Chung (KOR, 1996), Mackenzie McDonald (USA, 1995), Collin Altamirano (USA, 1995), Laslo Djere (SRB, 1995), Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (THA, 1995), Jabor Mohammed Ali Mutawa (QAT, 1994), Mousa Shanan Zayed (QAT, 1994), Luke Saville (AUS, 1994), Filip Veger (CRO, 1994), Christian Harrison (USA, 1994), Filip Peliwo (CAN, 1994), Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP, 1993), Robin Kern (GER, 1993), Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG, 1993), Dennis Novak (AUT, 1993), Romain Bogaerts (BEL, 1993), Suk-Young Jeong (KOR, 1993)

So, out of 4 players, none of the others played more than 2 tournaments, and 22 of them played just one. In that way, the pressure was bigger to justify a WC and get a good result against a much older and experienced player, in the end we get a 13-45 score. Lets see now in which tournaments we had the most U20 players:

Tournaments with Most U20 Players

  • 3 – Roland Garros, France / Grand Slam
  • 3 – Umag, Croatia / ATP 250
  • 3 – Kitzbühel, Austria / ATP 250
  • 3 – US Open, USA / Grand Slam
  • 3 – Bangkok, Thailand / ATP 250
  • 3 – Moscow, Russia / ATP 250

Only 6 tournaments with 3 players, compared to 12 in 2011 and 11 in 2012. 2014 might be even worse than this, we will see. Finally, the results of U20 players broken into categories, and a list with all the ATP matches they played:

Grand Slam Tournaments

Grand Slams

Only 6 players played in the biggest tournaments, with 2-8 W/L ratio. In Australia, home player Luke Saville got WC and played the first GS match for the 1994 generation. He fought well against Go Soeda, but lost in 4 sets. Roland Garros brought the only wins at this level. Aussie Nick Kyrgios played his first ATP (and Grand Slam) match for the 1995 generation and beat Radek Stepanek in 3 tie breaks. Home player Lucas Pouille scored a win over Alex Kuznetsov, which was the first ATP (and Grand Slam) win for the 1994 generation.

They both lost in second round without taking set, and alongside them Jiri Vesely also played but lost in R1. At Wimbledon only Kyle Edmund got a chance to play, and he lost in first round to Jerzy Janowicz, who made the semi finals. 3 players played at the US Open, Kyrgios qualified, Jiri Vesely had the ranking to make the cut to main draw and Collin Altamirano, got a WC after winning USA junior championship at Kalamazoo. Only Vesely won one set against Denis Kudla, while Nick and Collin were defeated by Ferrer and Kohlschreiber.

Masters 1000 Tournaments

ATP Masters 1000 Tournaments

Out of 9 Masters events, U20 players were in the main draw of just 2, which is very very poor! In the first 5 tournaments none of the U20 players got chance to play, the first one was Filip Peliwo in Canada. He won a match against Nieminen (who retired in 3rd set), achieving the first Masters 1000 win for 1994 generation. He lost in the 2nd round to Denis Istomin. In Cincinnati the week after, Mackenzie McDonlad produced a little miracle as an unranked player who qualified for main draw. That was a Masters 1000 debut for the 1995 generation, but he won just 2 games against David Goffin. So, 1-2 in Masters 1000.

ATP 500 Tournaments

ATP Masters 500 Tournaments

Things weren't much better at this level, with a 0-2 score and only 2 players in the draws of 11 tournaments. Roberto Carballes Baena played in Barcelona, and young German hope Alexander Zverev took a WC in Hamburg, which was the debut of the 1997 generation in ATP tournaments. None of them could win a set.

ATP 250 tournaments

ATP 250 Tournaments

Players scored 10 wins in the lowest level of competition (10-33 score in total), with notable achievements for Thiem, Khachanov and Garin. Christian Garin (1996) played his first match in an ATP tournament (at home in Vina del Mar) for his generation (before any othe player born in 1995) and scored one win. He is only one of 5 players since 2000. who scored an ATP win before his 17th birthday (Gasquet, Nadal, Harrison, Tomic), on that day he was 16y 8m and 6 days old.

After that we needed to wait until July and tournament in Kitzbühel, where Dominic Thiem made the first ATP Quarter Final for players born in 1993, and the first for U20 players in the season. But, the biggest success belongs to Russian Karen Khachanov born in 1996. After playing just one professional tournament (Futures) in 2012, he got WC for St. Petersburg event and scored a good win over Victor Hanescu, who was ranked 63 in the world.

After that he was awarded with WC for Moscow too. There he won 2 matches (including win over Tipsarevic ranked inside Top 30) and became the first player born in 1996 (before anyone from 1994 or 1995 generation) to make an ATP Quarter Final. Karen became the 3rd player in the last 10 years who played ATP quarter final at the age of 17, after Nadal in Estoril 2004 and Nishikori in Indianapolis 2007. All ATP matches for U20 players:

Tournament Stage Match Score
Doha R1 Mohamed Safwat vs Jabor Mohammed Ali Mutawa (QAT, 1994) 6-0 6-0
Doha R1 Gael Monfils vs Mousa Shanan Zayed (QAT, 1994) 6-0 6-3
Australian Open R1 Go Soeda vs Luke Saville (AUS, 1994) 6-7 6-3 6-2 6-3
Montpellier R1 Viktor Troicki vs Lucas Pouille (FRA, 1994) 6-4 7-5
Zagreb R1 Lukas Rosol vs Filip Veger (CRO, 1994) 6-2 6-4
Zagreb R1 Philipp Petzschner vs Mate Pavic (CRO, 1993) 7-5 6-2
Viña del Mar R1 Christian Garin (CHI, 1996) vs Dusan Lajovic 6-3 6-4
Viña del Mar QF Jeremy Chardy vs Christian Garin (CHI, 1996) 4-6 6-3 6-2
Marseille R1 Julien Benneteau vs Lucas Pouille (FRA, 1994) 7-6 6-3
Barcelona R1 Nikolay Davydenko vs Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP, 1993) 6-1 6-4
Roland Garros R1 Nick Kyrgios (AUS, 1995) vs Radek Stepanek 7-6 7-6 7-6
Roland Garros R2 Marin Cilic vs Nick Kyrgios (AUS, 1995) 6-4 6-2 6-2
Roland Garros R1 Lucas Pouille (FRA, 1994) vs Alex Kuznetsov 6-1 7-6 6-2
Roland Garros R2 Grigor Dimitrov vs Lucas Pouille (FRA, 1994) 6-1 7-6 6-1
Roland Garros R1 Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Jiri Vesely (CZE, 1993) 7-6 1-6 7-5 6-2
Queen's R1 Grega Zemlja vs Kyle Edmund (GBR, 1995) 6-4 7-6
Eastbourne R1 Kyle Edmund (GBR, 1995) vs Kenny De Schepper 6-4 6-4
Eastbourne R2 Gilles Simon vs Kyle Edmund (GBR, 1995) 7-6 7-6
s-Hertogenbosch R1 Jeremy Chardy vs Lucas Pouille (FRA, 1994) 7-5 6-4
Wimbledon R1 Jerzy Janowicz vs Kyle Edmund (GBR, 1995) 6-2 6-2 6-4
Stuttgart R1 Nils Langer vs Robin Kern (GER, 1993) 3-6 6-4 6-3
Newport R1 Michal Przysiezny vs Stefan Kozlov (USA, 1998) 6-3 6-7 6-4
Båstad R1 Grigor Dimitrov vs Elias Ymer (SWE, 1996) 5-7 6-2 6-4
Hamburg R1 Roberto Bautista Agut vs Alexander Zverev (GER, 1997) 6-3 6-2
Bogota R1 Ivo Karlovic vs Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG, 1993) 7-6 6-4
Atlanta R1 Christian Harrison (USA, 1994) vs Alejandro Falla 6-1 6-7 6-2
Atlanta R2 John Isner vs Christian Harrison (USA, 1994) 7-6 4-6 7-5
Umag R1 Andreas Haider-Maurer vs Jiri Vesely (CZE, 1993) 6-4 6-4
Umag R1 Gael Monfils vs Mate Pavic (CRO, 1993) 7-5 6-2
Umag R1 Horacio Zeballos vs Borna Coric (CRO, 1996) 6-7 6-4 6-0
Kitzbühel R1 Dominic Thiem (AUT, 1993) vs Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2 7-5
Kitzbühel GF Dominic Thiem (AUT, 1993) vs Jurgen Melzer 7-5 6-3
Kitzbühel SF Albert Montanes vs Dominic Thiem (AUT, 1993) 6-4 6-3
Kitzbühel R1 Andreas Haider-Maurer vs Dennis Novak (AUT, 1993) 6-4 6-4
Kitzbühel R1 Marcel Granollers vs Mate Pavic (CRO, 1993) 7-6 6-2
Montreal R1 Filip Peliwo (CAN, 1994) vs Jarkko Nieminen 3-6 7-5 3-1 Ret.
Montreal R2 Denis Istomin vs Filip Peliwo (CAN, 1994) 6-3 3-6 6-3
Cincinnati R1 David Goffin vs Mackenzie McDonald (USA, 1995) 6-1 6-1
Winston Salem R1 Yen-Hsun Lu vs Romain Bogaerts (BEL, 1993) 6-1 6-1
US Open R1 David Ferrer vs Nick Kyrgios (AUS, 1995) 7-5 6-3 6-2
US Open R1 Denis Kudla vs Jiri Vesely (CZE, 1993) 6-2 6-2 6-7 7-5
US Open R1 Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Collin Altamirano (USA, 1995) 6-1 6-3 6-1
Metz R1 Carlos Berlocq vs Jiri Vesely (CZE, 1993) 6-3 6-4
St. Petersburg R1 Karen Khachanov (RUS, 1996) vs Victor Hanescu 7-6 7-6
St. Petersburg QF Lukas Rosol vs Karen Khachanov (RUS, 1996) 6-4 6-4
St. Petersburg R1 Mikhail Youzhny vs Aslan Karatsev (RUS, 1993) 6-7 6-2 6-2
Kuala Lumpur R1 Federico Delbonis vs Hyeon Chung (KOR, 1996) 6-4 6-2
Bangkok R1 Feliciano Lopez vs Laslo Djere (SRB, 1995) 6-3 6-3
Bangkok R1 Marinko Matosevic vs Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (THA, 1995) 6-1 6-1
Bangkok R1 Denis Istomin vs Suk-Young Jeong (KOR, 1993) 6-3 6-0
Moscow R1 Karen Khachanov (RUS, 1996) vs Albert Ramos 6-2 3-6 6-4
Moscow QF Karen Khachanov (RUS, 1996) vs Janko Tipsarevic 6-4 6-4
Moscow QF Ivo Karlovic vs Karen Khachanov (RUS, 1996) 6-4 6-0
Moscow R1 Dudi Sela vs Aslan Karatsev (RUS, 1993) 6-4 6-3
Moscow R1 Edouard Roger-Vasselin vs Jiri Vesely (CZE, 1993) 6-3 6-7 6-3
Vienna R1 Dominic Thiem (AUT, 1993) vs Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-4 5-7 6-4
Vienna QF Dominic Thiem (AUT, 1993) vs Jaroslav Pospisil 6-1 6-1
Vienna SF Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Dominic Thiem (AUT, 1993) 6-4 3-6 7-6

Challenger (149 Tournaments)

Challenger Tour

Titles: 6 (1993-5, 1995-1)

  • Nick Kyrgios (AUS, 1995) – Sydney1, Australia, $50,000 (Outdoor Hard)
  • Jiri Vesely (CZE, 1993) – Mersin, Turkey, €42,500 (Outdoor Clay)
  • Jiri Vesely (CZE, 1993) – Ostrava, Czech Republic, €85,000+H (Outdoor Clay)
  • Jiri Vesely (CZE, 1993) – Liberec, Czech Republic, €30,000+H (Outdoor Clay)
  • Dominic Thiem (AUT, 1993) – Kenitra, Morocco, €30,000+H (Outdoor Clay)
  • Dominic Thiem (AUT, 1993) – Casablanca, Morocco, €30,000+H (Outdoor Clay

Finals: 11 (1993-10, 1995-1)

  • Nick Kyrgios (AUS, 1995) – Sydney, Australia, $50,000 (Outdoor Hard)
  • Jiri Vesely (CZE, 1993) – Mersin, Turkey, €42,500 (Outdoor Clay)
  • Jiri Vesely (CZE, 1993) – Ostrava, Czech Republic, €85,000+H (Outdoor Clay)
  • Jiri Vesely (CZE, 1993) – Prostejov, Czech Republic, €106,500+H (Outdoor Clay)
  • Jiri Vesely (CZE, 1993) – Braunschweig, Germany, €106,500+H (Outdoor Clay)
  • Jiri Vesely (CZE, 1993) – Liberec, Czech Republic, €30,000+H (Outdoor Clay)
  • Suk-Young Jeong (KOR, 1993) – Bangkok1, Thailand, $50,000 (Outdoor Hard)
  • Dominic Thiem (AUT, 1993) – Como, Italy, €30,000+H (Outdoor Clay)
  • Dominic Thiem (AUT, 1993) – Kenitra, Morocco, €30,000+H (Outdoor Clay)
  • Dominic Thiem (AUT, 1993) – Casablanca, Morocco, €30,000+H (Outdoor Clay)
  • Taro Daniel (JPN, 1993) – Yeongwol, South Korea, $35,000+H (Outdoor Hard)

Semi Finals: 23 (1993-15, 1994-4, 1995-3, 1996-1)

  • Jiri Vesely (CZE, 1993) – 5
  • Nick Kyrgios (AUS, 1995) – 3
  • Dominic Thiem (AUT, 1993) – 3
  • Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA, 1996) – 1
  • Laurent Lokoli (FRA, 1994) – 1
  • Kimmer Coppejans (BEL, 1994) – 1
  • Filip Peliwo (CAN, 1994) – 1
  • Lucas Pouille (FRA, 1994) – 1
  • Mate Pavic (CRO, 1993) – 1
  • Andres Artunedo Martinavarr (ESP, 1993) – 1
  • Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP, 1993) – 1
  • Suk-Young Jeong (KOR, 1993) – 1
  • Bjorn Fratangelo (USA, 1993) – 1
  • Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG, 1993) – 1
  • Taro Daniel (JPN, 1993) – 1

Quarter Finals: 50 (1993-26, 1994-12, 1995-3, 1996-9)

  • Jiri Vesely (CZE, 1993) – 8
  • Thiago Monteiro (BRA, 1994) – 4
  • Nick Kyrgios (AUS, 1995) – 3
  • Lucas Pouille (FRA, 1994) – 3
  • Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP, 1993) – 3
  • Dominic Thiem (AUT, 1993) – 3
  • Christian Garin (CHI, 1996) – 2
  • Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA, 1996)- 2
  • Filip Peliwo (CAN, 1994) – 2
  • Kimmer Coppejans (BEL, 1994)- 2
  • Taro Daniel (JPN, 1993) – 2
  • Aslan Karatsev (RUS, 1993) – 2
  • Bastian Malla (CHI, 1996) – 1
  • Patrick Ciorcila (ROU, 1996)- 1
  • Blake Mott (AUS, 1996) – 1
  • Karen Khachanov (RUS, 1996) – 1
  • Borna Coric (CRO, 1996) – 1
  • Laurent Lokoli (FRA, 1994) – 1
  • Andrew Whittington (AUS, 1993) – 1
  • Gonzalo Lama (CHI, 1993) – 1
  • Mate Pavic (CRO, 1993) – 1
  • Andres Artunedo Martinavarr (ESP, 1993) – 1
  • Maxim Dubarenco (MDA, 1993) – 1
  • Suk-Young Jeong (KOR, 1993) – 1
  • Bjorn Fratangelo (USA, 1993)- 1
  • Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG, 1993) – 1

The fact that only 5 different players made a final can't be good, and its even worse when we see there's no players from 1994 generation who managed that, and they will turn 20 in 2014! Vesely, Thiem and Nick Kyrgios are clear at the top as best players, and the title Nick achieved on March 3rd was one of the most important things for U20 players in 2013. This was only the 2nd Challenger he played (reached semis in first) and he won it before his 18th birthday, not many players will repeat that in the years to come.

Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios Won a Challenger before his 18th Birthday

Only 3 players made more than 1 semi final, and its important to see the name of Gianluigi Quinzi on the list. This talented Italian is the first player born in 1996 who made the semis of a Challenger and we can expect great things from him in the future. The generation of 1996 performed great when we the see list; with Quarter final and 7 different players who made at least one last 8 appearance. For example, Kyrgios is the only player who managed that for the one year older generation.

  • Youngest player who won title: Nick Kyrgios (AUS, 1995) – Sydney1, Australia, $50,000 (Outdoor Hard) / 17y 10m 5d
  • Youngest player who made final: Nick Kyrgios (AUS, 1995) – Sydney1, Australia, $50,000 (Outdoor Hard) / 17y 10m 5d
  • Youngest player who made semis: Nick Kyrgios (AUS, 1995) – West Lakes, Adelaide, Australia, $50,000 (Outdoor Hard) / 17y 9m 14d
  • Youngest player who made quarter: Bastian Malla (CHI, 1996) – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, $50,000 (Outdoor Clay) / 16y 10m 18d

Tournaments with at least 6 U20 players in the main draw:

  • 2011 : 18
  • 2012 : 27
  • 2013 : 19

Number collapsed by large margin compared to 2012, and I'm not sure we can get even this 19 in 2014, now when players born in 1993 are not U20 players any more. Time will tell.

Tournaments without U20 players in the main draw, and another thing to be worried about:

  • 2011 : 14/150 (9,3%)
  • 2012 : 11/148 (7,3%)
  • 2013 : 20/149 (13,4%)

Challenger results per generations:

1993 – Almost all the success on the Challenger Tour came from the oldest generation, namely Jiri Vesely and Dominic Thiem. The Czech player won 3 titles (half of all titles won by U20 players) and Dominic two. Finals wise, from 11 in total the pair of them made 8 (Jiri 5 and Dominic 3). Beside them, Suk-Young Jeong and Taro Daniel played once in the final. 5 more players made semis; Mate Pavic, Andres Artunedo Martinavarr, Roberto Carballes Baena, Bjorn Fratangelo and Juan Ignacio Londero.

1994 – This was another poor season at Challenger level for the players born in 1994. None of them could make a final, and just 4 players made the semis (Laurent Lokoli, Kimmer Coppejans, Filip Peliwo, Lucas Pouille). We also need to mention Thiago Monteiro, he made 4 quarters but lost all of them, and after Vesely he is the player with most quarter final appearances in Challengers in 2013.

1995 – In 2012 players from this generation scored an extremely poor 0-25 in Challenger matches, but in 2013 thing were much better thanks to Nick Kyrgios. He is by far the youngest player who won a title or played in a final this year (and only one outside 1993 generation). And he is the only player from this generation who made a quarter final, and we can't say they are too young cause they turned 18 in 2013. Kyle Edmund won two matches and Nicholas Horton, Wayne Montgomery, Temur Ismailov, Stefano Napolitano, Enzo Couacaud, Pedro Cachin, Nicolas Jarry all won one match.

1996 – Talented players from this generation will for sure dominate the Tour in 7 or 8 years time, and they already played a good Challenger season. All in all, Gianluigi Quinzi made first Challenger semi final for his generation, and they made 9 QF's. Garin and Quinzi had 2 last 8 appearances, with Bastian Malla, Borna Coric, Blake Mott, Karen Khachanov and Patrick Ciorcila with one QF. Beside them, Thanasi Kokkinakis made 4 wins and Marcelo Tebet Filho, Francisco Bahamonde, Hyeon Chung all winning one match (Chung won one match already in 2012, becoming the first player from 1996 generation with a Challenger win).

1997 – None of the players from this generation could win a Challenger match in 2013, with Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Jumpei Yamasaki getting in the main draws but failing to deliver.

1998 – It's still too early for this generation, but some of them got chance to at least play one match : Duck Hee Lee (2), Ghilherme Scarpelli, Djurabek Karimov and Richard Yang.

Futures (637 Tournaments)

ITF futures

I will not spend too much time and on the lowest and mass level of tournaments, especially for older players. So just a small review per generation:

1993 – 37 players who turned 20 in 2013 won total number of 70 Futures titles. Full list of them:

  • 5 – Hugo Dellien (BOL)
  • 3 – Jiri Vesely (CZE), Bjorn Fratangelo (USA), Dennis Novak (AUT, 1993), Jason Kubler (AUS), Gonzalo Lama (CHI), Aslan Karatsev (RUS), Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN),
  • Tomas Lipovsek Puches (ARG)
  • 2 – Dominic Thiem (AUT), Andres Artunedo Martinavarr (ESP), Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL), Taro Daniel (JPN), Mate Delic (CRO), Bruno Sant'anna (BRA), Maxime Chazal (FRA), Maxim Dubarenco (MDA), Robin Kern (GER), Marcos Giron (USA), Andrew Whittington (AUS), Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG), Oliver Golding (GBR)
  • 1 – Edoardo Eremin (ITA), Tiago Fernandes (BRA), Joao Domingues (POR), Dennis Novikov (USA), Michael Bois (FRA), Patrick Ofner (AUT), Joris De Loore (BEL), Vladyslav Manafov (UKR), Oscar Otte (GER), Pedro Sakamoto (BRA), Oriol Roca Batalla (ESP), Joao Pedro Sorgi (BRA), Mate Pavic (CRO), Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP), Nik Razborsek (SLO)
  • 1994 – 22 players born in 1994 won 34 titles in total. Karim Hossam from Egypt did a great job, winning 4 crowns, same as Kimmer Coppejans. List of all champions:

    • 4 – Karim Hossam (EGY), Kimmer Coppejans (BEL)
    • 2 – Thiago Monteiro (BRA), Lucas Pouille (FRA), Pedja Krstin (SRB), Jordan Thompson (AUS), Adam Pavlasek (CZE), Ramkumar Ramanathan IND)
    • 1 – Christian Harrison (USA), Mitchell Krueger (USA), David Vega Hernandez (ESP), Gergely Madarasz (HUN), Gregoire Barrere (FRA), Laurent Lokoli (FRA), Liam Broady (GBR), Pol Toledo Bague (ESP), Julien Cagnina (BEL), Mathias Bourgue (FRA), Filip Peliwo (CAN), Ilya Ivashka (BLR), Luke Saville (AUS), Andrew Harris (AUS)

    1995 – 11 players who turned 18 in 2013 won 19 Futures titles, with Italian Matteo Donati clear at the top:

    • 4 – Matteo Donati (ITA)
    • 3 – Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN)
    • 2 – Enzo Couacaud (FRA), Laslo Djere (SRB), Kyle Edmund (GBR)
    • 1 – Nick Kyrgios (AUS), Frederico Ferreira Silva (POR), Takashi Saito (JPN), Brayden Schnur (CAN), Nikola Milojevic (SRB), Guillermo Nunez (CHI)

    1996 – I already said about my big expectations for this generation so let's take a look at their best results in Futures tournaments. 37 players made at least one quarter, with a few of them going all the way. 7 players won a title, with Croat Borna Coric clear at the top with 5 crowns. He will be remembered as the first player born in 1996 to win a Pro crown, and he finished 2013 as the best player of his generation, in front of Quinzi. All the names of players to make the latter stages:

    • Titles (11) – Borna Coric (CRO), 5 // Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA) // Johan Sebastien Tatlot (FRA) // Hyeon Chung (KOR) // Clement Geens (BEL) // Naoki Nakagawa (JPN) // Marcelo Zorman (BRA)
    • Finals (21) – Borna Coric (CRO) 5 // Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA) 3 // Ernesto Escobedo (USA) 2 // Johan Sebastien Tatlot (FRA) 2 //Hyeon Chung (KOR) 2 // Elias Ymer (SWE) // Patrick Ciorcila (ROU) // Christian Garin (CHI) // Noah Rubin (USA) // Clement Geens (BEL) // Naoki Nakagawa (JPN) // Marcelo Zormann (BRA)

    Other players who played in semis are Filippo Baldi (ITA), Quentin Halys (FRA), Francisco Bahamonde (ARG), Daniel Windahl (SWE), Jared Donaldson (USA), Osni Junior (BRA) and Rafael Matos (BRA).

    1997 – 41 players who turned 16 in 2013 won at least one Futures match, with some of those players able to achieve good results. First of all, Russian Andrey Rublev won tge USA F31 Futures, making him the first player born in 1997 with a pro title. At the age of just 16y and 29 days he became one of the 5 youngest players to win a Futures title since 1998. In the final he beat Martins Podzus from Latvia, after 2 hours and 40 minutes of battle. Andrey was down 6-3 and 5-0 in second set tie break, when he started to make remarkable come back, to win 3-6 7-6(6) 6-3. He also made one more final and 2 quarters, giving him 14 Futures wins.

    Alexander Zverev (youngest player in Top 1000 at the end of 2012), another big talent and Rublev's junior doubles partner also played great in Futures. He scored 11 wins from 10 tournaments, with one semi and 2 quarter finals. Omar Jasika from Australia played in 7 Futures and needed just 2 more points to finish inside Top 1000. He won 7 matches, with 2 quarter finals. Frenchman Theo Fournerie was also close to a Top 1000 finish, he played in 12 Futures and scored 8 wins, making one quarter final.

    Other players who made 1/4 are Timur Razmaitov (RUS), Miguel Semmler (ESP), Garvit Batra (IND), Alexandre Muller (FRA), Jumpei Yamasaki (JPN) and Viktor Durasovic (NOR).

    1998 – Surprisingly a large number of players from this generation got a chance to play in a Futures main draw, 52 of them to be precise. Besides being a nice experience, 9 guys won at least one match for the place in ATP ranking list, with a couple of exceptional results. Korean Duck Hee Lee played 9 tournaments and scored a gigantic 13 wins, 5 of them before his 15th birthday including one semis. His best result, and best overall for this generation came at the end of November in India F11 Futures, where he made the final, and lost to Ramkumar Ramanathan after wasting a match point. He could become the youngest Futures champion ever. Another great talent and prospect, Stefan Kozlov from United States (needed few more Futures wins to finish year inside the Top 1000), played in 7 Futures, making 3 quarters and winning 7 matches in total. Brazilian Orlando Luz played 5 tournaments, with one semi final appearance in the middle of December. Besides them, players who also won one match are Oliver Anderson (AUS), Ryan Alexander Mueller (GUA), Mert Naci Turker (TUR), Gian Marco Moroni (ITA), Youssef Hossam (EGY) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE).

    1999 – 4 extremely young players found their place in main draw match in Pro tournaments, at the young age of 14. Camilo Ferrero (COL) was the first who played, and he won respectively 3 games, Hadi Jamal (KUW) won 1 game, same as his compatriot Hussain Jamal (KUW), while Spyridon Naoum (GRE) failed to win a game.

    So there we have it, the 2013 season in review for U20 players. Hope you enjoyed it and 2014 can bring more success for the younger guys on tour. Please let me know any questions in the comments below.

    Jovica Ilic

    I have a keen interest in the future stars of the sport, I have closely followed Under 20 players in every Pro tournament since the start of 2011, that's more than 1500 tournaments in 2 years. I'm passionate about tennis statistics and the history of the game.

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      1. Another great post man, you are tennis’s most authoritative voice on Young Players. Do you think the UK will ever produce a really talented young player?

        Golding was hyped but done nothing. Edmund looks like he may flop too…

        1. Oliver and Liam looked great few years ago, but the progress is not very fast or impressive. At the moment, Kyle looks really strong, he is the first player born in 1995 who won Pro title, and second after Kyrgios who won ATP match. We can expect good things from him

        2. Golding has been out for most of 2013 injured, but has made gd progress since back and i will keep an eye on him grinding back thru futures etc. I expect him to push back into top 300 . It is just so very tough physically now, so size/muscular development is much more important these days with the game tennis has developed into. Huge strength and stamina needed. Hence players such as Quinzi and Kyrgios of great interest as physically big to begin with. But we are still looking at later maturity than 10/15 yrs ago.

          On another note, I am adding Fucsovics to my list of those to watch this yr(won junior Wimbledon in 2010). Interesting to see where he ends up.

        1. Thanks Susie. Yeah, Oliver can break Top 300, but I was hoping for more. Still, theres plenty of time in front of him

    1. A very intresting article. Some things need to change for more teens to breakthrough. The courts in my veiw need to be speeded up as nearly all the courts and tennis ball have been slowed down too much. Therefore grinders and baseliners are enjoying too much sucess i.e Djokovic and Nadal. The tennis now is just boring hitting as no one can hit an outright winner anymore. Atp is a joke aswell the recent Aust 2014 draw. Djokovic has a cake walk of a draw, wheras Fed and the rest are in the other half. What a load of BS. It reeks of a fix and the Atp know it. Bs Bs Bs!!!!!!!

      1. It’s simply because the draws are random and not manually done to keep 5 and 6 and 7 and 8 rigidly placed as they were in the past. Dont forget Nadal will not see Fed as a tough draw. Will only fear Delpo who can blow him away. Djoker will stroll to the final though. Fed making QF will be an achievement, and if he has relatively easy matches Wld fancy his chances v Murray who may after all tumble earlier on the comeback trail.

      2. Draws aren’t random. They are pre decided behind closed doors and then certain players get assigned to heavier or vibrating balls so they know when to pick em 🙂

    2. Very good, really appreciate all your hard work with research and statistics, it is not easy to do, then congratulations. About young tennis players in the tour they are increasingly scarce which is alarming, it is necessary to stop and to reflect: what’s happening with the boys of the new generations? Is it a lack of investment, attention, disclosure, better conditions? or worse all this? It’s really sad and it amazes me too that countries that once had a great tennis today has nothing like: Sweden, USA, Germany, Russia. Unfortunately the future of our sport is not much promising.

      1. Which nation do you think has fallen by the wayside in terms of talent? Germany and Sweden are big ones. Now Soderling out too that’s made it even worse.

        USA has a lot of players but they are all of average talent.

        1. IMO, its Sweden.. they had much more big players than Germany in the Open era and that’s why I put it in front, but both of them reached the rock bottom. There’s light at the end of the tunnel for both countries, with Elias Ymer and Alexander Zverev ready for big things in the future. Still, its far from being great tennis nations again

    3. Great post very informative…..can you do one relevant to girls 20 and under? Just would like to see the comparison

      1. Thanks Steve. Unfortunately, I can’t, cause this was whole year work just to make stats and facts in this article. As you can see, I looked for U20 players in more than 800 Pro tournaments, there’s no way I can do that for girls too. But, my friend made this list, hope it helps. U20 girls in Top 500 as of 6th January :

        Rank Athletes Nation DOB Points
        31 Bouchard, Eugenie :CAN 25 Feb 1994 1629
        36 Keys, Madison :USA 17 Feb 1995 1380
        45 Svitolina, Elina :UKR 12 Sep 1994 1185
        46 Robson, Laura :GBR 21 Jan 1994 1183
        53 Beck, Annika :GER 16 Feb 1994 1086
        82 Schmiedlova, Anna :SVK 13 Sep 1994 764
        93 Vekic, Donna :CRO 28 Jun 1996 696
        109 Putintseva, Yulia :KAZ 07 Jan 1995 597
        112 Van Uytvanck, Alison :BEL 26 Mar 1994 594
        116 Friedsam, Anna-Lena :GER 01 Feb 1994 560
        135 Jabeur, Ons :TUN 28 Aug 1994 457
        142 Mestach, An-Sophie :BEL 07 Mar 1994 446
        144 Zheng, Saisai :CHN 05 Feb 1994 435
        145 Sasnovich, Aliaksandra :BLR 22 Mar 1994 433
        150 Gavrilova, Daria :RUS 05 Mar 1994 421
        152 Min, Grace :USA 06 May 1994 413
        153 Barty, Ashleigh :AUS 24 Apr 1996 413
        155 Kan, Victoria :RUS 03 Aug 1995 409
        165 Duval, Victoria :USA 30 Nov 1995 389
        169 Kovinic, Danka :MNE 18 Nov 1994 378
        172 Siniakova, Katerina :CZE 10 May 1996 369
        184 Ozaki, Risa :JPN 10 Apr 1994 342
        186 Bencic, Belinda :SUI 10 Mar 1997 339
        194 Kiick, Allie :USA 30 Jun 1995 322
        196 Vickery, Sachia :USA 11 May 1995 318
        197 Kozlova, Kateryna :UKR 20 Feb 1994 316
        203 Hozumi, Eri :JPN 17 Feb 1994 306
        204 Pegula, Jessica :USA 24 Feb 1994 302
        207 Witthoeft, Carina :GER 16 Feb 1995 296
        210 Smitkova, Tereza :CZE 10 Oct 1994 293
        215 Kremen, Ilona :BLR 18 Jan 1994 285
        223 Abduraimova, Nigina :UZB 07 Jul 1994 274
        225 Hibi, Mayo :JPN 03 Apr 1996 269
        231 De Vroome, Indy :NED 21 May 1996 260
        233 Kontaveit, Anett :EST 24 Dec 1995 258
        234 Sanders, Storm :AUS 11 Aug 1994 258
        239 Konjuh, Ana :CRO 27 Dec 1997 255
        255 Khromacheva, Irina :RUS 12 May 1995 232
        257 Kolar, Nastja :SLO 15 Jul 1994 229
        261 Peterson, Rebecca :SWE 06 Aug 1995 218
        264 Gonzalez, Montserrat :PAR 01 Jul 1994 212
        274 Pigossi, Laura :BRA 02 Aug 1994 197
        279 Kovalets, Sofiya :UKR 10 Jul 1994 191
        282 Gasparyan, Margarita :RUS 01 Sep 1994 187
        289 Hibino, Nao :JPN 28 Nov 1994 181
        294 Martincova, Tereza :CZE 24 Oct 1994 170
        296 Rajicic, Viktorija :AUS 07 Apr 1994 169
        297 Haddad Maia, Beatriz :BRA 30 May 1996 169
        302 Zhang, Yuxuan :CHN 19 Aug 1994 164
        303 Kulichkova, Elizaveta :RUS 12 Apr 1996 162
        308 Liu, Fangzhou :CHN 12 Dec 1995 159
        310 Kerimbayeva, Kamila :KAZ 18 Jun 1995 159
        317 Eraydin, Basak :TUR 21 Jun 1994 152
        324 Bonaventure, Ysaline :BEL 29 Aug 1994 148
        326 Khazaniuk, Deniz :ISR 24 Oct 1994 147
        327 Chirico, Louisa :USA 16 May 1996 146
        329 Sanchez, Ana Sofia :MEX 13 Apr 1994 145
        330 Jang, Su Jeong :KOR 13 Mar 1995 144
        335 Krejcikova, Barbora :CZE 18 Dec 1995 140
        336 Sorribes Tormo, Sara :ESP 08 Oct 1996 138
        338 Crawford, Samantha :USA 18 Feb 1995 135
        339 Wang, Yafan :CHN 30 Apr 1994 135
        341 Lee, So-Ra :KOR 22 Jul 1994 131
        342 Sharipova, Sabina :UZB 04 Sep 1994 131
        344 Kalinina, Anhelina :UKR 07 Feb 1997 130
        348 Katsitadze, Mayya :RUS 21 Mar 1995 127
        357 De Bernardi, Clothilde :FRA 16 Nov 1994 124
        358 Moratelli, Angelica :ITA 17 Aug 1994 123
        362 Poznikhirenko, Ganna :UKR 08 Apr 1994 122
        363 Townsend, Taylor :USA 16 Apr 1996 121
        364 Hadzic, Azra :AUS 26 Nov 1994 121
        365 Uberalova, Petra :SVK 11 Apr 1995 121
        376 Zacarias, Marcela :MEX 26 Mar 1994 114
        379 Alexandrova, Ekaterina :RUS 15 Nov 1994 113
        380 Pera, Bernarda :USA 03 Dec 1994 113
        383 Sizikova, Yana :RUS 12 Nov 1994 111
        386 Suvrijn, Jade :FRA 27 Apr 1995 110
        401 Lee, Pei-Chi :TPE 16 Oct 1994 104
        406 Tomova, Viktoriya :BUL 25 Feb 1995 101
        410 Loeb, Jamie :USA 08 Mar 1995 99
        412 Osaka, Naomi :JPN 16 Oct 1997 99
        413 Lottner, Antonia :GER 13 Aug 1996 99
        414 Leykina, Polina :RUS 20 Sep 1994 99
        415 Kato, Miyu :JPN 21 Nov 1994 99
        417 Zakarlyuk, Marianna :UKR 22 Sep 1996 98
        418 Ianchuk, Olga :UKR 29 Mar 1995 97
        420 Thombare, Prarthana :IND 18 Jun 1994 95
        423 Saez Larra, Olga :ESP 18 Sep 1994 94
        431 Tang, Hao Chen :CHN 21 Feb 1994 91
        438 Flink, Varvara :RUS 13 Dec 1996 88
        444 Von Deichmann, Kathin. :LIE 16 May 1994 86
        448 Lee, Ya-Hsuan :TPE 20 Jul 1995 84
        453 Tarasova, Alena :RUS 07 Dec 1994 83
        457 Celik, Susanne :SWE 06 Dec 1994 81
        458 Zhao, Carol :CAN 20 Jun 1995 80
        461 Abanda, Francoise :CAN 05 Feb 1997 80
        462 Kennel, Karin :SUI 05 Jul 1995 80
        463 Liebens, Klaartje :BEL 11 Jan 1995 79
        465 Curovic, Tamara :SRB 31 Oct 1994 77
        469 Abaza, Jan :USA 01 Mar 1995 76
        474 Botusharova, Borislava :BUL 28 Nov 1994 75
        476 Kostic, Natalija :SRB 25 Jul 1994 75
        490 Tian, Ran :CHN 08 Jan 1994 72
        495 Rodriguez, Victoria :MEX 22 Apr 1995 71
        496 Doroshina, Olga :RUS 24 Jun 1994 71
        497 Badosa Gibert, Paula :ESP 15 Nov 1997 70
        499 Morderger, Tayisiya :GER 07 Mar 1997 70
        500 Scholl, Chalena :USA 18 Aug 1995 70

    4. Thanks for all this Jovica – fascinating to think that in a few years some of these names will be the ones we are always talking about – we just don’t know yet which ones they will be!

      For comparison, as a 16/17 year old Roger was hovering around #700. He was still 17 in October of 1998 when he jumped up to #396 after a couple of match wins in Toulouse, and by the end of the year he was #301.

      1. Thanks Thinker. Yeah, and Rafa was Top 100 in both single/doubles at the age of 17.. things changed a lot in last 10 years

    5. Thanks Jovica, A lot of work to put this together. Someone I am watching is Peliwo. He won 2 junior slams and finalist in the other 2 last year. He’s not a big guy so big disadvantage these days.

      1. Filip is first player after 1984. who played in all 4 Junior Majors finals in one season, and also first player born in 1994. with Masters win. But, he will be 20 this year and still with onlt few good Challenger results. Hope he can break Top 200 very soon

      2. Success in junior slams doesn’t seem to translate to success on the tour. Lots of players have done nothing, I think Thiemo De Bakker won Wimbledon and now look at him, journeyman.

        1. In fact, in the last decade Junior Grand Slam title brought nothing but curse, with only few ATP titles won by that players after Monfils and Cilic!!

    6. I’m gonna wait for another 20 years. When Federer has a son who’ll be taught to be a bigger moonballing, negative playing lefty than Nadal and will dominate the head to head against Kid Nadal, whose favourite player will be…tada. papa Federer. That should be a future to look out for. Haha.

    7. Really great work Jovica, it´s clear to see the young players are struggling to break through as early as they did. But if it´s a problem I don´t know quite yet because there´s a beginnig trend of the players staying longer on the tour. I think it all has something to do with the physically of the sport these days. You simply can´t both evolve your tennis and build up the physique to compete at the highest level at the same time. It´s nothing I have any proof at yet but evolving both your tennis game and the physique that´s requried takes a lot of time for both, so with the more physically tennis it´s going to take more time for the young players to break through I think.

      And no young danish players at all in the mix, and there will not be in the near future either.

      1. Thanks Mark. For many players you can see first good result after 26th or 27th birthday, lokk what not too talented Ferrer achieved in the last few seasons. And, Ican’t say I’m big fan of that trend

        Danish U20 players who played on Pro Tour in 2013, 9 of them :

        Mikael Torpegaard (DEN, 1994)
        Mohamed Shabib (DEN, 1994)
        Mads Engsted (DEN, 1993)
        Simon Friis Soendergaard (DEN, 1996)
        Anders Arenfeldt Holm (DEN, 1995)
        Oliver Benneweis Pramming (DEN, 1993)
        Frederik Oervad (DEN, 1996)
        Andreas Moltke-Leth (DEN, 1995)
        Sander Gjoels Andersen (DEN, 1995)

        1. Yes all exstremely good players, three of them from my club have practised with them sometimes, but still I don´t see any of them making the last big step, unfortunatly.

          I don´t know If I like it either, even though I do like the stories of such as Ferrer and Dodig that shows if you work your ass of, liturally, and put in the extra hours that is required then it can pay of.

    8. Hey Jovica

      U must be plsed with the first round wins for Krygios, Kokkinakis and Thiem! Tough draws for all 3! I am def following Krygios, but also Quinzi who I see doing big things!

      1. Pleased and proud, they showed heart and great fighting spirit in front of the home crowd. Dominic is not U20 player any more but great job from him too

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