ATP ranking, is the US really making it big again?

Among the certainties delivered to us since the beginning of the 2022 season, there is certainly the one that, after quite dark years, American tennis is preparing to return to the glories of the past. With 12 players in the top-100, in fact, the stars and stripes movement would seem ready to take back the scene driven by Taylor Friz, Reilly Opelka and by other young people who are slowly emerging on the world scene.

The ascent of the States with Fritz to act as a driver

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In recent years, American tennis has gone through a period that, compared to the golden years of McEnroe, Sampras, Agassi and his teammates, we could define as one of extreme crisis. But, for a few months now, the US movement seems to have flourished and is about to return to the glories of the past.

Leading the Stars and Stripes troop, there is an increasingly mature Taylor Fritz, which took off in 2021 and exploded definitively a few weeks ago, with the prestigious triumph at the Indian Wells Master 1000, obtained by beating Rafa Nadal in the final. The San Diego class of ’97 had long been looking for an exploit to consecrate himself in the elite of this sport. Now he has succeeded, he has risen to number thirteen in the world and he only needs that little bit more to be considered at the height of the top of the ATP circuit.

Miami, the beautiful Opelka initiative

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Speaking of height, another one who is leading tennis is American definitely is Reilly Opelka, a giant equal to Fritz’s age, who currently occupies the eighteenth position in the ranking. The St. Joseph bomber won the Dallas tournament in February, beating his compatriot class 2000 number 36 in the world in the final. Jenson Booksby. The latter, together with Sebastian Korda (41), is considered one of the most promising young players ever and the round of 16 won in Miami and California are proof of this theory.

The others

And what about John Isner (27), Frances Tiafoe (30), Tommy Paul (34), Mackenzie McDonald (52), Marcos Giron (53), Maxime Cressy (70), Brandon Nakashima (77) and Denis Kudla? All players we know well or are getting to know, with only Isner over thirty years of age. American fans can rest assured: the future of tennis is theirs too.

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