The present is a period of the rise and imminent rise of some great talents in the world of professional tennis. Many of these young talents have already been covered more than sufficiently by tennis pundits elsewhere, hence the purpose of this article will be to uncover briefly the as-of-now still under-the-radar talents, who despite the gaining of the media's attention for a short span of time, did not break into world fame the way say Kyrgios or Shapovalov did. Who are some of these 'start-ups', read on to find out!
The promising Japanese-American is probably the most famous amongst the four here, given his very recent upset over Djokovic in the Indian Wells Masters. He is the least start-uppy amongst the 'start-ups' here for the reason that per the most tangible metric of measuring a tennis player's progress - the progression/retrogression of one's ranking over time - Daniel does the least well. This what-we-pretentiously-term the 'fallacy of metrics reliance' however obscures he/she who over-relies on such metric to the enormous unmeasurable potential that Taro possesses. Such potential was evident in his match against Nadal in the second round of the US Open last year, through his offensive capability - his ability to take the balls on the rise is visibly similar to Agassi's in fact. We do hope he would be able to improve his overall court speed, particularly that of his lateral movement, such that we can see yet another Asian within the very top ranks of the ATP.
This 'start-up' was brought to our venturing eyes (pun intended) at the Barcelona Open three years back, when he spectacularly defeated Kyrgios. Although his most significant achievements to date - excluding that already mentioned - are the winning of a Challenger title, the beating of tennis veteran Benoit Paire, and the taking of one set off a match against Karlovic, we believe that scalability for this young one from Sweden is not an issue at all. Such expectation of ours is premised on his huge talent as reflected in his gameplay. He has solid strokes on all fronts, but the aspect of it which particularly struck us into this assertion is the flexibility of his techniques - particularly that of his forehand. This has given him the ability to hit devastating/dangerous shots from all corners of the court within his reach - an ability shared most prominently by Novak Djokovic. Our point can be encapsulated by this video clip here.
This teenager from the States has in our opinion the markings of a great-in-the-making from the States. He has reached two junior grand slam finals, attained a career-high junior ranking of world number two, entered the main draw of the US Open at the recklessly young age of 16, won the Orange Bowl championship (the winning of which has been traditionally and conventionally deemed a rite of passage to world greatness). Interestingly he reached the U18 US National Championships 3 years ago and lost to current sensation and compatriot Francis Tiafoe in five sets. His other achievements as of now include the winning of a Challenger title and an ATP title. What does the near future hold for this young one, his scant appearances on the media (hence our labelling him as a start-up) do not really tell us anything as of now, but do not give up your sights on him for the breakthrough will come and if our opinion of him is not incorrect, it will not be small.
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