US Open champions Iga Świątek and Carlos Alcaraz are heralding a new era of tennis.
With Williams now “evolving away from tennis” following the US Open, and Nadal, Djokovic and Federer battling injury and visa issues, a new generation of players are rising to the top.
Fortunately for tennis fans, the next crop of stars look to be just as talented. GiveMeSport ranks the best players who fall into the 21-years-old or younger bracket.
Who are the best tennis players aged 21 and younger?
7) Holger Rune – 19 years old
Rune achieved his best finish at a Grand Slam this year, reaching the quarter-finals of the French Open.
The Dane had won his first ATP title the month beforehand, triumphing at the Bavarian International Tennis Championships.
Currently ranked 31st in the world, Rune reached a career high standing of 27th in July.
6) Leylah Fernandez – 20 years old
Fernandez currently has a career high ranking of 13th, achieved after an impressive 12 months on the WTA Tour.
The Canadian rose to prominence after reaching the US Open final last year, just five months after winning her first WTA title at the Monterrey Open.
Although she was denied her first Grand Slam title by Emma Raducanu, Fernandez has arguably had a more successful year since. She won the Monterrey Open again, before reaching the quarter-finals at the French Open.
5) Coco Gauff – 18 years old
Gauff has already been on the WTA Tour for three years, despite being just 18-years-old. The American became a superstar when she defeated Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 2019, and she has won two WTA titles since.
This year has seen Gauff break into the world top 10, reaching the French Open final and US Open quarter-finals in the process.
4) Jannik Sinner – 21 years old
Sinner has an impressive record in Grand Slams for a player so young. The Italian has reached the quarter-final of all four major tournaments, doing so this year at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
With an impressive six ATP titles to his name, Sinner is now ranked 11th in the world.
3) Emma Raducanu – 19 years old
Raducanu rocketed up the world rankings after her astonishing US Open victory last year. She became the first qualifier, male or female, to win a Grand Slam title.
The British star has struggled to find her form over the past 12 months, plummeting to world number 83. But there have been flashes of promise that suggest she could climb back up the rankings and become one of the best players on the WTA Tour.
2) Carlos Alcaraz – 19 years old
After triumphing at the US Open, Alcaraz became the youngest men’s Grand Slam champion since Rafael Nadal won the French Open in 2005.
The Spaniard’s recent success – six ATP titles in total – has seen him rise up to world number one. He is now the first teenager in history to top the men’s rankings.
1) Iga Swiatek – 21 years old
Iga Świątek already has 10 WTA titles to her name, including three Grand Slam titles. She won her second French Open earlier this year, before triumphing at the US Open this weekend.
The Polish star has been remarkable in 2022, rising to world number one during a 37-match winning streak. She is expected to dominate women’s tennis for many years to come.