The journey to Flushing Meadows begins. The US Hard Court Series kicks off in Atlanta 862 miles south-west of the Billie Jean King Tennis Centre, so who will be kicking off in Atlanta?
Nick is the second seed here in Atlanta so the pressure is on! He had a good grass court season and there is an added pressure this second half of the season to end it on a high following injury issues and it is a shame but he is only 23 so there is plenty of time but time waits for no one. I want to see Nick in the final here this week, anything less will be a disappointment.
Alex De Minaur
Moving from one Aussie to another, Alex is playing so well right now. He has an all-round game which suits all surfaces especially hard court. The way the game has changed so people see moving around on hard court and sliding he is very good at this. I think Alex could do big things this second half of the season. The pace will suit his game and is all but confirmed for a place in Milan.
I think I should keep the Aussie’s together!
Thanasi is a great player full of potential but injury has really hit him missing years of tennis but you have to credit his fight to turn up to qualifying for a number of events and fight where as some don’t fight as hard and get a pointless wildcard put to them. If I had to give a wildcard right now for a big tournament my first name would be Thanasi.
Hyeon is a super talented player who has had a rough few months with this achilles injury. Injury forced him to withdraw from Melbourne earlier on this year with blisters and never really recovered. He was back soon and did really well at Indian Wells and Miami making the quarter finals but wasn’t completely fit and it should go down as a lesson learnt. He has played since Madrid in mid-May so don’t expect him to go too far.
Taylor is player I hoped we’d see more of right now. His baseline game is solid; he serves well, good ground strokes and produces great topspin. Taylor however is only 20 and last year got married and had a kid! He has done a lot! I’d like to see a bit of momentum as his game on hard courts should be full of positives.
Tiafoe is another 20 year old American on the rise. He’s been around for a few years and is now finding his feet. He was really impressive on the grass courts and impressed me at Queens before Wimbledon and of course made a career best to date for a major reaching the third round. He could go far here. He did well earlier on in the year in Acapulco so I think he could do well.