It’s the season of the Australian Open. Die-hard tennis fans and budding fans alike will have their eyes glued to the media, watching every swing and serve. Here’s our list of top players to keep an eye on, as they could possibly be in the running for the Australian Open crown.
As the youngest player in the Association of Tennis Professionals (he’s only 20 years of age), Zverev holds the fourth position in singles ranking. He turned pro in 2013 and has six career titles, in addition to 63 per cent career wins. One of his best achievements thus far has been beating Novak Djokovic in the finals of the Rome Masters 1000 in May 2017.
With an injury crisis prevalent amongst the pool of elite men tennis players, Roger Federer himself picked out Zverev as a potential finalist of the AO and one of the main threats to his game.
Belgian player, Goffin, has achieved a 61 per cent career win and four career titles at just 27 years of age. He turned pro in 2009 and made it to the finals of the ATP in London in November last year, beating both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal along the way.
A week later, he added on to his success streak by winning matches against other top players such as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille and representing Belgium in the Davis Cup finals. A serious contender to this year’s AO, Goffin previously reached the round of 16 in 2016 before he lost out to Federer. Last year, he played on till the quarter-finals.
This 27-year old from Denmark holds 27 career titles and has 71 percentile career wins. She’s a former world #1 on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour and was the first woman from Scandinavia to hold the top position.
Wozniacki recently showed off her impressive run form at the Auckland Open, and concluded the 2017 season with the biggest title of her career at the BNP Paribas WTA finals.
Twenty-three year old Elina Svitolina turned pro in 2010 and has since had a 63 per cent career win and nine career titles. A strong contender for the AO title, she recently impressed with first-round Brisbane International wins.
Svitolina reached her career-best last year, nabbing five WTA titles to come up tops in ranking at #3. She recently said climbing to the top of the women’s rankings this year has been top of mind.
At 24 years of age, Dominic Thiem has to his name 61 per cent of career wins and eight career titles. The Austrian turned pro in 2011 and since then, has been upping his game year on year.
In 2017, he reached five semi-finals and within the first week of 2018, the world #5 reached a hard-court semi-final at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha. Last year, he also defeated Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters 1000 tournament in two straight sets, before giving the win to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.