Frances Tiafoe, Alex De Minaur, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov are all in action in London next week. Monday see’s the beginning of Queens Club with these five all hoping to impress here and at Wimbledon.
Stefanos is the top seed here. World number six who this time last year was ranked at 38 in the world and is now the top seed at a ATP500 for the first time in his career. I love Tsitsipas, his game is incredible to watch and his performance against Nadal in Madrid was my favourite live match ever!
I don’t really know what to expect here from Stefanos. It just didn’t go to plan in Rosmalen at all with the defeat to Jarry but he shouldn’t be too worried. I wouldn’t really be too worried by an early defeat here to be honest. Kyle Edmund up for him first will be tough and the expectancy for me will be on a Kyle win but I’m interested to see what Stefanos can do on the grass.
I still haven’t figured out Frances.
He got to the quarter finals of Miami and Australian Open this year but apart from that nothing has happened. I saw his eccentric celebration in Melbourne but he hasn’t backed it up with his tennis.
I remember seeing him at the Next Gen Finals last year and to be honest it was bad, I didn’t get the game.
I still don’t.
I’m interested to see what happens over the next couple of weeks as the grass court season as it’s a surface he should do well on and has the tricky Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in the first round who has come through qualifying.
3 finals this year, 3 defeats. Don’t be worried though!
He is 18 years old and on the verge of the top 20 having never completed a Grand Slam match! That is mad.
I love watching Felix play, he has incredible weapons he plays without fear and plays with great confidence! His forehand is his great weapon especially when he steps in but the way he covers the court is fantastic. A really big future.
He has it rough against former winner Grigor Dimitrov who is still searching for his best again but his grit and determination was really impressive in Paris.
Alex De Minaur
Injury halted his season.
I like Alex, I think he has a big future on the tour. He has the work ethic and the game to become a super talented player.
It has been a bit stop/start with injuries and I do hope that we see him turn it on over the coming weeks on the grass.
I watched him in Stuttgart against Jordan Thompson and for me the backhand was lacking. Jordan was happy to go to the backhand of De Minaur which he struck with that usual snap of the body rotation but it had nothing on it at all.
Having a tricky time is Denis.
Ok he was runner-up in Stuttgart doubles but singles life is not going to plan this year nor did it much last year.
For me Denis has the game to be a baseliner and to come in to hit winners. One of few players who is ambidextrous but is that helping him? Which shot is the best?
I think it has got a bit lost and I hope we do see his best soon! He’s had big wins and big defeats.
He has Juan Martin Del Potro so things aren’t going to be simple at Queens.