Wimbledon 2011: Top 5 Up-and-Comers to Keep an Eye on at Wimbledon and Beyond
It's a little late to get this article out, but these kids deserve the publicity.
There seems to be a new crop of talent coming up to the top level of men's tennis. These guys will have tons of success within the next five years.
Each has a chance to be very good, and so expect them to make noise for years to come.
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Adrian Mannarino didn't play very well against Federer in the second round, losing 6-2 6-3 6-2.
However, I think this kid has the potential to be a pretty good player.
He doesn't do anything especially well and plays like your typical French player, with a lot of flare.
His groundstrokes and serve are average and he moves pretty well.
But there's just something about him.
I can't really tell you why, but I believe that this kid could be in the top 25 within a few years, and he has the potential to make the occasional run to a major quarterfinal.
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Of all five of these players, Grigor Dimitrov has the most pure talent of all.
He was a stud in the junior circuit and is starting to play more and more, and better and better, on the main level.
His big weapon is his forehand, which was on display in his second round loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. These two had some great rallies.
He moves well, but could work more on consistency with his backhand and possibly get more pop on his serve.
He's only 20 years old, and will be a top 10 player within three or four years.
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Milos Raonic unfortunately had to retire from his second round match at Wimbledon after hurting his right leg.
If it wasn't for that injury, Raonic could be playing and probably would give Rafael Nadal fits in the third round.
As we all know, he made a strong run at the Australian Open earlier this year, using his massive serve (best in tennis now) to blow away opponents.
He needs to continue to improve off the ground, but this kid has composure way beyond his years.
Raonic will be a top 10 player in less than two years, and has the greatest chance of these five players to win a major first.
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At only 18 years old, Bernard Tomic is the youngest of these five players. He also has the most variety of all.
Tomic is down in his second round matchup against Igor Andreev, which got suspended, two sets to one.
Tomic has what can be described as a funky game. He loves to play those interesting shots, but can also hit it big when he wants to.
The one player he has been compared to is Andy Murray, because he plays somewhat of the same game.
If he plays like Murray then Tomic has a bright future. Look for Tomic to reach the top 10 and make some noise at the majors within three years.
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Ryan Harrison is the brash 19-year-old who is the future of American men's tennis.
Harrison's second round match was also suspended. He leads seventh seeded David Ferrer two sets to one.
Ryan has is very confident and isn't afraid to show it.
He doesn't have as much pure talent as Dimitrov does, and can't crank serves like Raonic.
But one thing Harrison does better than everyone is compete to the very end.
He needs to try to control his emotions and temper, but if he can, he will be able to work his way towards the top 10-20 in the game and bring hope to American tennis fans.