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Five players to watch out for in the French Open 2022
May 20, 2022, 6:52:00 AM

Five players to watch out for in the French Open 2022

Grand slams are the tournament where Tennis players are made and tested for their real talent. Every year Grand slams are responsible to make or break the career of a tennis star. A good mix of hard work and talent is ween in these tournaments. We have reached a point in 2022 where the French Open is all set to begin and every tennis player from every corner of the world will be trying to make sure that they remain under the spotlight.

From 22nd May, we will see the beginning of the French Open and the tournament will go on till 5th June. Since the qualifiers are underway, we have compiled a list of 5 players, who you can keep on your radar for this year in the French Open.

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Jannik Sinner

Jannik Sinner made headlines when he won his 5th ATP singles title and became the youngest player to do so after Novak Djokovic in 2007. His presence on the court is what defines him. Fearlessness, composure, and a strong backhand are some of the Italian's best qualities, with the 20-year-old possessing maturity beyond his years. The longevity in the careers of players like Novak and Nadal has made it difficult for some of the best young players to win the grand slams. However, Sinner is different. He is maturing with every major game he plays and that's what makes him an attraction in the French Open.

Carlos Alcaraz

The 19-year-old Spaniard has exploded onto the men's tennis scene this year, entering the ATP top 10 and claiming recent statement wins over Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Alcaraz has proven he can win tournaments - prevailing in Miami, Barcelona and Madrid so far in 2022 - and has the chance to make a name for himself at Roland-Garros. Alcaraz has shown similarities of play between him and Rafal Nadal and this is what makes him the next superstar of the game.

Taylor Fritz

Taylor Fritz has enjoyed a major dominance in the United States since 2015. The 24-year-old from San Diego won his maiden Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells this year and appears to be hitting his straps at the right time. As she comes for the French Open, all the eyes will be on her. That is because none of the homegrown players has won the French Open since Andre Agassi in 1999. It may require some patience, but Fritz is on the path to altering that record, and Roland-Garros could be the perfect place to display his credentials.

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu made an announcement of her arrival after winning the US Open last year. She became the favourite sports person after her unexpected win in the tournament in the UK. The 19-year-old became the first qualifier to win the tournament and since then she has made a name for herself in the sports. However, she is currently going through a dip in her performance but she has shown signs of improvement in recent times as well. In 2022, the French Open will be her real test and she might surprise everyone again.

Thanasi Kokkinakis

Thanasi Kokkinakis made headlines after a victory at his hometown in Adelaide last year. He has also enjoyed success as a doubles player alongside childhood friend Nick Kyrgios, claiming the Australian Open title despite crashing out in the first round of the singles draw. This year, Kokkinakis will be motivated to do a bit better in the French Open and show everyone his class. The 26-year-old has had mixed singles results since then but could put his name back on the world stage in France.

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Words: Shimit Mathur

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