Twenty 2020 Questions: Who’s the most likely American to succeed?

Twenty 2020 Questions: Who’s the most likely American to succeed?

Alison Riske will turn 30 this year, but she she’s coming into her own after cracking the Top 20 for the first time.

We're answering the 10 biggest questions on the WTA and ATP tours in 2020. The entire list will be rolled out here.


Serena is still the standard-bearer for U.S. tennis. Despite playing just eight events in 2019, she was the country’s highest-ranked player, man or woman. But the women are bringing
reinforcements: there are six U.S. players in the WTA’s Top 50 after Serena. 

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Sofia Kenin and Amanda Anisimova, two players with Russian roots, made major 2019 breakthroughs. Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, who faced off in the 2017 US Open final before sliding back a bit, are still in their mid-20s. But could the American woman to watch be someone a little bit older, a little bit less naturally gifted, and who has largely been overlooked?  Alison Riske  will turn 30 this year, but she’s coming into her own; in 2019, she reached her first major quarterfinal, at Wimbledon, and cracked the Top 20 for the first time.