For Frances Tiafoe his season has come to an end maybe earlier than he’d have hoped for. I said in a preview piece he had a point to prove in what was his final appearance at the NextGen finals and I feel like we are walking into 2020 with a few more questions than answers. Offering questions but not answers… I’ve watched a lot of Frances this week and I’ve liked what I have seen but I do feel he does face an uphill battle in matches. Frances isn’t going to hit you off the court and will offer questions … Continue reading Frances in Milan; Questions but little answers 🤷🏼♂️ standout shot 🧐 digging deep 💪🏻 2020 🔮
The NextGen Finals in Milan has been an epic watch so far. With one round robin match left each there is still much to play for on Thursday. Demon finding form! Alex de Minaur has been finding his form after a bit of a struggle during his first match against Davidovich Fokina. I was worried that the Australian was a bit tired following an intense few weeks on the tour and still quite a bit of tennis to play. Despite dropping one set he still looked in good form as he dominated the baseline much better today against Kecmanovic. Dropping … Continue reading Milan; Demon finding form 😈 Foki injury 🚑 Casper up & running 💪🏻 Frances edges past erratic Humbert ✅
Twelve months ago I watched Stefanos Tsitsipas take on Frances Tiafoe in Milan at the Next Gen Finals. The American lost the match 3-4 3-4 2-4 against the Greek in a performance I described as having too much swag and not enough steel. Frances Tiafoe now heads to Milan once again and I’m still yet to see it come together for him. I criticised the mid-match arm pump celebrations because he didn’t back it up with a win, celebrate when you win. He reached a career high of 29 following his good run to the quarter finals of the Australian … Continue reading Following a disappointing year does Frances Tiafoe have a point to prove in Milan especially as the most experienced player?
The final eight are on route. A chance to finish the season with some silverware at the Next Gen Finals in Milan but who will reign champion at the championships? Stefanos Tsitsipas will not be at the event as he has qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Felix Auger-Aliassime was due to play but an injury has ruled him out of the event. Alex De Minaur Ranked – 28 Age – 21 Nationality – Australian A very good year for Alex, if anything an underrated year from the Australian. Three titles this year in Sydney, Atlanta and … Continue reading Which NextGen stars are heading to Milan for the season finale?
The season will end with a trip to Milan for the Next Gen Finals for the top eight players ranked 21 of younger, as of yet there is only one qualifier however I don’t him to be there. So who will be in Milan in early November? Stefanos Tsitsipas does occupy the first spot but he looks set for a place in London so last years champion will not be there. Felix Auger-Aliassime – 19 years old Quite the break out year for the Canadian who is the highest on the qualification list at the moment in second place. His … Continue reading 7 weeks to go, who is on course for a place in Milan?
At one point it did like being a short afternoon for Frances Tiafoe. The American down a set and a break was being given the run-around but a small fightback never really ignited his chances to extend this to a third set as Nicolas Mahut for the majority of the match gave him the run around. I sad in my preview piece for the tournament I still don’t understand Frances and the first 14-15 games I was a bit lost. It was this volley following the serve. Image Credit – BBC Sport / Queens I love the idea of serve … Continue reading Mahut 6-3 7-6 Tiafoe – American given the run-around despite a late resurgence
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 Tsitsipas 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 … Continue reading The ‘NextGen’ stars to keep an eye on at Queens and Wimbledon!