ATP Tour: David Ferrer and the 6 Most Underrated Tennis Talents
A tennis player can be underrated for a few different reasons.
First of all, let's agree that only good players can be underrated. Despite having achieved success, these players seem not to receive their deserved recognition and place in the spotlight.
The lack of a flashy personality and the desire to keep a low profile on and off the court seems to be the main reason why a player ends up being underrated.
As far as the style of play is concerned, the lack of powerful shots and overall aggressiveness to the game can also be a determining factor in a player being underrated.
As we will see in the slides that follow, being overshadowed by other players from the same country can also be a factor.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 6 underrated currently active tennis players in the world.
6) Kevin Anderson
Kevin Anderson is currently ranked No. 30 in the world, which is also the highest ranking he has ever achieved.
Anderson stands 6’8” and has a huge serve. Contrary to most players of this size, in addition to serving well, he can also be very solid from the baseline, which makes him a pretty complete player.
Kevin had a remarkable college tennis career, playing for the University of Illinois and becoming a three-time All-American in singles.
A couple of weeks ago, at age 25, he captured his second career title in Delray Beach. He still has good things to accomplish.
5) Stanislas Wawrinka
Stanislas Wawrinka is currently ranked No. 23 in the world and has been ranked as high as ninth (in 2008).
John McEnroe once said Wawrinka possesses one of the most powerful one-handed backhands he has ever seen.
Wawrinka is an offensive baseline player whose favorite surfaces are clay and hard.
Stanislas is arguably the second best tennis player ever from Switzerland, but he is unlucky enough to be part of the same generation as another Swiss, who is considered maybe the best of all time—Roger Federer.
And that keeps him away from the spotlight, even in his own home country.
4) Jurgen Melzer
Jurgen Melzer is currently ranked No. 20 in the world and has been ranked as high as eighth, in April of 2011.
Melzer is also an excellent doubles player, currently ranked 16th. He is the only active player to have been ranked inside the top 10 in both singles and doubles.
Although a very aggressive player, Melzer maintains a low profile on and off the court, which is what keeps him alway from the spotlight.
3) Gilles Simon
Gilles Simon is the 12th best player in the world, according to his ATP ranking.
This steady Frenchman has the opposite style of play than most of his rather flashy countryman.
He has a high tennis IQ and understands the game of tennis like few other players. In order to beat him, one has to win every point of the match, as Simon will not give any free stuff away.
Carrying a low profile, he flies under the radar in almost every tournament, but is always among the top finishers.
2) Nicolas Almagro
Nicolas Almagro is currently ranked No. 12 in the world, and finished 2011 inside the top 10.
Although only two other Spaniards are ranked above him in the ATP ranking—Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer—he never makes the Spanish Davis Cup team, which is a cause of great frustration.
Almagro is a great talent and has a beautiful game, with probably the best one-handed backhand in tennis.
He will have to do even better if he wants to conquer the spotlights of the sport, however.
1) David Ferrer
David Ferrer is currently ranked 5th in the world and is the best example of an athlete becoming the best he can be within his potential and limitations.
Although the ranking says he is the best player in the world after the big four—Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray—he gets less press exposure and less playing time on stadium courts than other lower ranked players.
Ferrer is a grinder and incredibly hard worker, and has earned respect from those who really know what it is like to face such tough opponents—his fellow professional tennis players.