Here’s our list of 9 players at different stages of their tennis playing career who deserve more recognition for their achievements and overall game…
- Kei Nishikori
Having achieved a career high rank of 4 in men’s singles, Nishikori was the most successful tennis star in Japan till the rise of Naomi Osaka. He has defeated Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal on multiple occasions, not a mean feat.
- David Ferrer
The dogged Spaniard has won every major title in tennis except a Grand Slam. Ferrer has also consistently been in the ATP’s top 10 and attained a career high rank of world number 3. He has won the most matches on the ATP tour without winning a slam.
- Alexander Bublik
Bublik, the powerful serving 24 year old Kazakh player possesses the talent to break into the ATP top 30 in the near future. Till date in 2021, he has served an impressive 521 aces, the highest on tour this year.
- Coco Gauff
The teen sensation burst onto the scene in 2018 and has won two pro titles since. She is the youngest player to be ranked in the top 100 WTA rankings and attained a career high ranking of 19 in singles. It’s time pundits stopped calling her an underdog!
- Nick Kyrgios
The temperamental Australian has quite often NOT let his racket do the talking. Despite this, Kyrgios has attained a career high rank of 13 in the men’s singles and has won 6 major career titles, amassing $ 90,00,000 in prize money along the way.
- Maria Sakkari
The aggressive Greek player has a host of weapons in her tennis arsenal including a powerful serve and accurate groundstrokes. The 26-year old has reached two grand slam finals in 2021 and appears to be playing the best tennis of her life.
- Elena Rybakina
Another Kazakh on our list, Rybakina has two career titles to her name already. Her attacking shots and powerful serve make her a contender in any match up. Don’t be surprised if you see Rybakina in the top 10 soon.
- Jannik Sinner
The fiercely competitive 20-year old made his breakthrough in 2020 with some unbelievable performances. This year, he has won four major titles and achieved a career high ATP rank of 14 in September, 2021.
- Marton Fucsovics
The soft-spoken Hungarian broke into the top-100 ATP rankings in 2017 and has cemented his position since. He attained a career high rank of 31 in 2019 and has defeated the likes of Jannik Sinner, Andrey Rublev, Diego Schwartzman and Grigor Dimitrov in his journey up the ranking ladder.