In an atypical year due to the coronavirus pandemic, several young tennis players took the opportunity to show themselves in a context in which several decided to give their career a break. Felix Auger-Aliassime, Jannik Sinner, Thiago Seyboth Wild, Lorenzo Musetti and Sebastián Korda are five of the U-20 tennis players that 2020 had and that it will be necessary to follow closely during 2021.
Felix Auger-Aliassime (21 °) has only 20 years But it is no longer a promise of tennis to become a reality. Throughout 2020, the Canadian remained among the best 21 tennis players in the world after having achieved great consistency during 2019 climbing from the 106th position. The Montreal native fell in six ATP finals in his carrer (three in 2020) and was awarded the Doubles of the Masters 1000 in Paris with the Polish Hubert Hurkacz to lift his first ATP trophy. In addition, with a very premature age, he already showed his tennis in the Grand Slam reaching the Round of 16 of the 2020 US Open. In this instance he fell to the champion of the contest Dominic Thiem by 6-7 (4), 1-6 and 1-6.
Jannik Sinner (44th) is another of the great revelations of the world of tennis. With 19 years, the Italian from the town of San Candido did not reach any final in his short career but he has shown magnificent tennis after the coronavirus stop and has surprised the entire tennis world. Since the resumption, it reached Round of 16 of the Masters 1000 in Rome, the quarter-finals of Roland Garros (fell to Rafael Nadal) and the semi-finals of the ATP 250 in Cologne. further climbed from 78 ° position of the ranking in which the year had started and reached the 44th. During 2019 he became among the 600 best tennis players in the world and made it into the Top 50 in just two years.
Thiago Seyboth Wild (112th) is category 2000. The Brazilian who will turn 21 in March 2021, is one of the large South American projects. During 2020, He played 11 tournaments between Challengers and ATP, reaching two finals: the Challenger of Aix en Provence and the ATP 250 of Santiago de Chile. In the first it fell before the german Oscar Otte by 2-6, 7-6 (4) and 4-6, while in the Chilean capital triumph before Casper ruud by 7-5, 4-6 and 6-3. After the resumption of the ATP circuit, he has not been able to find his level but remains within the 112 best tennis players in the world and is shown as one of the tennis players to take off throughout 2021.
Lorenzo Musetti (124 °) is another of the Italians who stomped on the circuit during 2020. With only 18 years the Carrara-born played more Challengers than ATP tournaments, but in all of them he played strong ground. In the year he had resounding wins over Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori at the Masters 1000 in Rome, Thiago Monteiro at the Forli Challenger (was champion) and Pablo Cuevas in the ATP 250 of Sardinia. His 2020 started at 357th and in just a few months he has already climbed to 127th. In that year, only the Challenger of Forli and he did not play any Grand Slam main draw.
Sebastian Korda (136 °) was a revelation during 2020 after having reached the Round of 16 at Roland Garros, instance in which he fell before Rafael Nadal. The American, who had been contesting Challengers, exploded after the stoppage contesting the Cincinnati Masters 1000 reaching the main draw, just like in the US Open. At Roland Garros, being below 200th place, he managed to beat Andreas Seppi and John Isner, both of them Top 100, before falling in the last 16 to Nadal in three straight sets. His year began without titles and in position 242, reaching 136 and crowning his Eckental’s first Challenger title.