Roland Garros always provides a beautiful setting for tennis. The second major of the year in the French capital on a historic site never fails to produce. Stars make their name and new names take centre stage but who could be one to watch this year?
Alex De Minaur
I love watching Alex play. I don’t think I will ever forget his match against Raonic in Brisbane and that service return winner from him followed by a shout of ‘OH YEAH’. Alex has brought an incredible breath of fresh air to the tennis court this year and for years to come. The level his game is at is very good! He’s smart with his serve, he mixes up his ground strokes and the movement is exceptional. The way we saw him slide around the hard courts at the beginning of the year he can certainly bring this to clay.
Alex is currently ranked at 106 in the world which is a career high having begun the year ranked at 208 and been rewarded the wildcard by Roland Garros.
Tsitsipas is a player who has grown a lot on the tour this year. The man from Athens who trains a lot at the Mouratoglou Academy in Nice has really been impressive over the clay court season. Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, Estoril and Rome were where he played his best tennis with wins against Anderson, Thiem, Busta and Schwartzman amongst others.
Stefanos is quite reactive from the baseline, with a snap of the wrist he can open up the court with his big ground strokes and movement which has become better and has seen him rise from 91 to 40 since the beginning of the year!
Denis is one of the tours most talk about players. The Canadian has continued to improve since he has burst onto the tour. Denis only turned 19 last month and has taken his ranking from 51 to 26 since the beginning of the year.
His game is unique! As a left handed player he has that one handed forehand which he has utilised well and has admitted to watching what Rafael Nadal does to help him but as well as the two handed backhand he also has the ability to produce that one handed backhand as well.
The variety he has is exceptional at such a young age, just imagine where this will be at in a few years’ time! With 6 top 30 ranked wins to his name this year he has shown the endurance on court and this could be a big tournament for him to go for it!