How do you follow the Greatest Generation? It’s a question tennis has tried to answer for at least a decade. Serena, Roger, Novak, Rafa: all of them are over 30, and they’ve combined to win 75 Grand Slam singles titles—but none of them are going away quietly. When they do, who will fill their very large shoes?
As you’ll see in The 21 & Under Club, the future of tennis is still coming, and coming soon. While it may not produce a 20-Slam winner, it’s clear that the game will be in good hands. Interesting hands, too: one thing we know for sure is that this new generation of players will infuse the tours with a wide and refreshing range of styles, personalities and backgrounds. When the Greatest Generation says goodbye, we can feel good about welcoming this cast of players to the courts.
Born in a country infused with a rich tennis tradition, yet green in shaping its identity as a sovereign nation, Yastremska is rooted with an appetite to succeed. The 19-year-old Ukrainian’s resolute demeanor, fearless fervor and laser-focused approach has vaulted her up the rankings and into the winner’s circle—thrice. As she works to harness her emotions, look for Yastremska to join countrywoman Elina Svitolina as a Top-10 threat.