Hubert Hurkacz (22) – Polish
A player who caught some headlines last year. Hurkacz had a good run at Indian Wells and Miami with some big performances. He saw off Tsitsipas in Rogers Cup, Thiem in Miami and Nishikori at Indian Wells last season.
The Pole has a very strong game from the baseline and really lets go on the forehand. He has begun his season in good form and I hope it goes from strength to strength for the 22 year old.
He has begun his year with an unbeaten run in ATP Cup and a good run in Adelaide. His unbeaten run included wins against Thiem, Schwartzman and Coric.
Aryna Sabalenka (21) – Belarusian
21 year old Aryna is a player going places. The Belarusian was a Grand Slam champion last autumn in US Open doubles partnering Elise Mertens. The duo also won Indian Wells and Miami together last year in doubles.
Aryna is on the verge of breaking back into the top 10 on the WTA singles tour but has recently been hit with some tragic news that her father has passed away.
2019 was a very good season for Aryna who finished the year with the Elite Trophy in China. She has five singles titles to date and I wouldn’t rule out a big season from her.
Lloyd Harris (22) – South African
Lloyd has begun his 2020 season in good form. The South African hasn’t really found consistency on the tour yet but this year will be a big year for him.
He came away from the ATP Cup with one win but three very good performances to his name. He then played qualifying in Adelaide and has come through with some strong performances.
I’m interested to see where Lloyd goes with his year, I hope he kicks on and finds some consistency in his results and can turn some good performances into wins.
Marketa Vondrousova (20) – Czech Republic
Marketa of course made the final of Roland Garros last year with her fantastic baseline tennis. The way she bulldozed through opponents was relentless on the baseline and her defence was fantastic.
Marketa unfortunately was forced off the court after due to injury and has only recently returned but has looked sharp despite over six months out.
Adelaide is her second tournament since making the final in Paris and she has looked very good which is good for women’s tennis to add another name into the mix.
Jannik Sinner (18) – Italian
Towards the end of the 2019 season, Jannik blew up on the tour!
He saw off Monfils before going onto win the NextGen Finals as a wildcard defeating Alex De Minaur in the final. Following that week he went and won a challenger event to finish off his year.
Jannik is coached by Riccardo Piatti and has been working with Maria Sharapova too lately who has also been working with the Italian coach.
I hadn’t seen too much of Sinner before Vienna but what impressed me the most was the confidence behind his forehand. I’ve seen some brutal hitting over the years but the way he played in Milan was fantastic and this year will be about building but also new opportunities for him.
Dayana Yastremska (19) – Ukrainian
It was around 12 months ago we saw Dayana Yastremska at the age of 18 break down in tears after losing to Serena Williams at the Australian Open in a one-sided match.
Dayana was ranked 57 at the time and is now 25 heading to Melbourne again. I saw her live in Birmingham and she was impressive in defeat as she never gave up.
Dayana now has a new coach on her team as well teaming up with Sascha Bajin who has recently worked with many top players. This could be a big year for her, she has had some good performances to begin her year and is another looking to make a big difference!
Corentin Moutet (22) – French
A highlight of the Frenchman’s 2019 was his comeback win from two sets down against Grigor Dimitrov at Wimbledon.
It was a quiet year for him but he has began his 2020 in good form.
He had a very good week in Qatar making the final with some big wins against Verdasco, Raonic and top seed Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals. In the final he was up against an inspired Andrey Rublev.
Amanda Anisimova (18) – American
Another player who made a big name for themselves at Roland Garros. A run to the semi-finals for the teenager who took apart defending champion Simona Halep.
Amanda plays such a high baseline game and is confident on both backhand and forehand. I like watching her game however an issue can be dealing with power coming her way.
Amanda was also struck with bad news last year before the US Open as her father and coach sadly passed away.
Miomir Kecmanovic (20) – Serbian
More than anything the Serb will be looking for some consistency this year on tour.
I was impressed with him in Milan. I liked how bold he was with his shot making but I did feel like he went for too much too early in matches and then ran out of steam a little.
He did have some good results last year, runner up in Antalya (which has now gone) and a quarter finalist at Indian Wells. He had a big win against Zverev later in the year and I think there’s a lot to come from him this year.
Coco Gauff (15) – American
Coco Gauff needs no introduction.
The American has wowed us all since her Wimbledon debut 7 months ago. She continues to climb the rankings and battle with the very best yet she is only 15!
As per WTA rules she can only play a certain number of events but that will not stop her climbing the rankings to where she is already top 70!