Which young player are you going to support and why?

Benben245

Professional
Felix imitates Fed’s tactics with a Djokovic body; the dark side and the force unit under one black teenager’s high top fade
 

Hypergxtraspin

New User
Whoever can play on clay and be the new Roland Garros champion, I admire guys that have the fight and skills of a clay court player. Hopefully one of the new guys, but I may be waiting a long time for the next king of clay
 

WhiskeyEE

Legend
Well I agree that Nadal's grunts should never have been allowed, but that's another story entirely.

I've watched Felix play quite a number of matches now and I rarely hear a peep out of him.
And I am extremely noise-sensitive!
I haven't seen him much. Maybe you're right but he is definitely grunty when I've watched him.
 

The Big Kahuna

Hall of Fame
NONE of these young players have displayed the focus, drive, and desire of the last wave of players to emerge in the age of the Big Three.

I’ve been reading posts here for five years about the changing of the guard and I seen no indication that anyone from the last generation is going anywhere or that any of these NextGen “stars” are going to take the reigns and ride to the top of the rankings.

Lots of hat but no cattle.


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Nadal15thslam

Hall of Fame
I like both Shapovalov and Felix. Shapo can be inconsistent at times though, so I choose Felix- the decision making, shot making and concentration are amazing for his age
 

Wurm

Rookie
I've been rooting for FAA for a wee while now so it's great to see it looks like it's putting it all together now and sooner than I thought he would.
I like Shapovalov a lot too but I think he's still another couple of years from his defense and shot selection being consistent to be a regular big title contender.
Zverev represents the kind of tennis I despair of - excessively tall guys ball bashing from 2m behind the baseline with little variety or guile. His stick insect frame looks awkward, he's got an ugly AF game (serve, forehand and backhand... the lot), he behaves on court like he's already got half a dozen slams to his name and his hair style is stuck in 2011!
Coric exists? I'd barely noticed.

I quite like that Tsitsipas is a bit of a dick, tbh. It adds a bit of colour to the proceedings. I don't long for the days of McEnroe's idea of adding entertainment value but I don't miss the days of Sampras gormlessly shuffling around the court as if he wasn't particularly interested in being there. There's a balance to be had.
 
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junior74

G.O.A.T.
Felix, Tsitsi, Ruud.
Felix has a great attitude from what I've seen. Wonderful. Tsitsi has a way to go, attitude wise. Ruud is my countryman. Not sure if he makes top 20, but still.

Shapo is a little annoying to me. The MONN!s are too loud and too frequent.
His ball striking is phenomenal at times. Young Klizan with steel in his veins and a better backhand, no? :cool:
 

JackGates

Hall of Fame
Whoever can play on clay and be the new Roland Garros champion, I admire guys that have the fight and skills of a clay court player. Hopefully one of the new guys, but I may be waiting a long time for the next king of clay
Then you should admire Borg. He has the best from both worlds. He has precision and skills for a grass game and fighting and mental spirit for a clay game.
 
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Gamewise -

Tsitsipas
Kyrgios
Theim
FAA
Shapo
One of the Russians (Medyedev, Rublev, Khachanov)... don’t have a fav yet


Personality wise- (jury is mostly out)

Theim
FAA
......
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
My problem with FAA is that the first time I saw him play he was 16 and he was already grunting like an elderly man with COPD
 

fmadej

Rookie
Hurkacz, as he is my countryman. I also like Shapo, though he is a bit inconsistent. Will have to see more of Felix, as I'm still not sure about him
 

a12345

Semi-Pro
NONE of these young players have displayed the focus, drive, and desire of the last wave of players to emerge in the age of the Big Three.

I’ve been reading posts here for five years about the changing of the guard and I seen no indication that anyone from the last generation is going anywhere or that any of these NextGen “stars” are going to take the reigns and ride to the top of the rankings.

Lots of hat but no cattle.


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I think FAA is the first of the new generation. They have a different attitude, personality, desire, motivation. They are made of harder stuff. The wimpy Millennials are a lost generation, and not just in Tennis.

Have faith, they will come, theyre just not old enough yet but theyre coming.
 

EllieK

Professional
Tsitsipas Can be a bit of an a** but I love his swashbuckling style. Its fun to watch. I love Felix for his mature approach as well as his game and Shapo can hit killer shots but is inconsistent, Tiafoe is fun and seems like a nice guy. I'm becoming more and more a fan of Hurkacz and Alex De Minaur is a scrapper but I don't see him in the upper echelons of the game. I know its not popular here but I Like Zverev too.
 

Flash O'Groove

Hall of Fame
The changing of the guard is coming soon and the young players are really making strides. The pressure to pick a new favorite is starting to get to me because eventually we will probably only have 1 favorite player and I don't want to pick the wrong guy. Right now I like most of the young guys and want them to do well for the future of tennis but the guys I find myself supporting the most are Shapo, Coric, and FAA. I used to think I might be a Tsitsipas fan but I'm off that bandwagon now because he's had some questionable actions. I started watching tennis in 07 and have been a Djokovic fan for all my tennis watching career and having a new favorite is weird to me. How should I manage this and when do I have to chose by?
You only need to choose if you can't be bothered to watch tennis if you don't strongly root for someone. If you will follow tennis anyway after Djokovic, just wait, someone will capture your imagination eventually.
 

weakera

Legend
Shapovalov is definitely in the driver's seat for me personally.

I have no interest in rooting for a Rafa-lite player because they will never live up to Bull.
 

Luka888

Hall of Fame
Well, it's hard to say. I don't know any more. When you hope they will do something great they fail on and out of the court.

I picked Djokovic and Murray back in 2005. I was right that there was something special about them. Now, shoot me. I just don't know. Thiem, Medvedev, Tsitsi, Coric ... maybe. I thought that Rublev could do something great.

The big 3, no matter how you look at them, keep winning everything left and right.
 

yokied

Professional
Anyone who plays entertaining tennis. I can forgive the rest. So, at the moment, Kyrgios, Tsitsipas. It's wayyy to early to see where FAA is really going. Same with Shapo, who may take some time.
 

The Big Kahuna

Hall of Fame
Then you should admire Borg. He has the best from both worlds. He has precision and skills for a grass game and fighting and mental spirit for a clay game.
Borg retired at 26 with how many Grand Slams?

These guys have won how many Slams so far? Does anyone really think that they are going to win any the next 2-3 years?

I am skeptical as long as the big three continue to play. Where is the grit, determination, and drive? I am not buying it.


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You only need to choose if you can't be bothered to watch tennis if you don't strongly root for someone. If you will follow tennis anyway after Djokovic, just wait, someone will capture your imagination eventually.
How could Nole EVER capture anyone's imagination? He's the most boring and robotic player ever, for all his 'skills'.
 

Acegame

New User
Many interesting youngsters out there at the moment. I usually root for the sympathetic players like Shapovalov, Aliassime, etc. Also i haven't seen Popyrin been mentioned in this thread. Exciting young player who is very sympathetic as well.

I like watching Kyrgios, because his game looks so effortless and spectacular. But i don't like the way he carries himself.
 

chut

Semi-Pro
I haven't seen enough of them to know really. Shapovalov is a lefty with a 1hbh, just like me so he gets some extra likability for this compared to the other guys.
 

TforTommy

Semi-Pro
People will always find something to dislike somebody. They will even find something to dislike the perfect creature, so go figure.
I agree, no surprise. All i see is alot of nitpicking over some heat of the moment emotional reactions. I think for the most part all these next gen players seem hard working and like good people, they did have to work extremely hard to get where they are anyway
 
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