the young crop! the new era of tennis!
ok well maybe it's not a new era or anything but tennis has changed. i'm not referring to the power however that may be a factor. 5 years ago the clear image of tennis was that the stars of the tour came on to the scene at the ages of 14, 15 and 16. some people may argue this but from my view point the stars enter the tour at the earliest 16 except for sharapova and afinogenova but they are deemed future superstars. certainly the russians (safina, kuznetsova, zvonareva) have come on the tour at 17 and players like kapros, benesova, dulko, bartoli, harkleroad and many other risers have only just come on the tour at about the ages of 17 and 18.
these players are looked toward for the future of tennis yet they have not come on the tour at the age of the tennis stereotype. and still in my mind they have already caught up with players like daniilidou, bedanova, bovina, and kostanic. so i wonder whether it is worth coming on thee tour at such a young age?
I also strongly believe that their truely will be a new era of tennis in the next couple of years. i think the womens tour will become very unpredicatable unlike years before. there is a whole crop of players who i think will consistenly reach the level of play of dokic, seles and henin. some may not even be in their teens but this group is pretty big.
the players i expect to rise:
myskina, rubin, smashnova, daniilidou, kremer, majoli, stevenson, shaughnessy, bovina, fernandez, kournikova, bedanova, schett, likhovtseva, tulyaganova, kuznetsova, mikaelian, zvonareva, pierce, casanova, nagyova, safina, sharapova, irvin, foretz, marrero, widjaja, mandula, razzano, benesova, molik, petrova, krasnoroutskaya, perebiynis, baltacha, bielik, maria jose martinez, bradshaw, lucic.
players where it's to early to tell but show potential:
kapros, kanepi, dlhopolcova, salerni, harkleroad, dulko