Who Are the Hot Favourites To Shine in the 2024 Grand Slams? Here are the key contenders for next year’s tennis calendar.
The 2023 tennis season bid farewell in style with the grand finale known as the ATP finals. Surprisingly, amidst the rising contenders, none could dethrone the formidable Novak Djokovic, who continues to reign supreme. At the vibrant venue in Turin, the Serbian maestro conquered the home crowd favourite, Jannik Sinner.
Nole finished off another outstanding year with an epic victory. He dominated three out of the four Grand Slams, leaving only Carlos Alcaraz with a mind-blowing five-set win at Wimbledon to deny him a clean sweep. As we’re just weeks away from the thrilling Australian Open, who’s got the upper hand for the upcoming showdowns? Let’s dive into the favorites for next year.
As we’ve mentioned before, there’s a familiar face who’s still ruling the tennis world with an iron fist. That man is, of course, Djokovic. Despite being 36 years young, he’s got a stranglehold on the sport that seems to be getting even tighter. This year, he was just one trophy away from winning all four Grand Slams for the second time in his storied career. Next year, he will be determined to show once and for all that he’s the greatest player to ever swing a racquet. Brace yourself as he sets out on a golden quest that’ll leave no doubt in anyone’s mind.
Everyone’s got their eyes locked on him, the unstoppable force at the upcoming Australian Open. He’s left a trail of victories on Melbourne’s legendary hard courts, clinching the title ten times – an unrivalled feat. No wonder he’s the one they all fear. Though, last year, he missed out on the action due to a visa mix-up, leaving the door wide open for Rafael Nadal’s victory. But hey, let’s be honest, that win came with a little asterisk, courtesy of Djokovic’s absence.
In his upcoming tennis pursuits, he has his sights set on conquering Wimbledon and equaling Roger Federer’s impressive eight titles at the esteemed All-England Club. However, his quest to achieve this feat was temporarily halted in 2023 by the unexpected rise of Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz. In a heart-stopping five-set encounter, the aspiring underdog managed to topple the more seasoned and renowned adversary. Undeterred by this setback, Djokovic now strives to rectify that fateful defeat throughout 2024 although, Bovada sportsbook makes him a +175 second favorite behind the reigning champion, meaning the oddsmaker is unsure whether he will actually do it.
Many folks believe that Alcaraz, the Spanish sensation, is destined to inherit Djokovic’s kingdom. Despite his tender age of merely 20, this young star from Murcia has already claimed a Grand Slam title, leaving jaws dropped at last year’s US Open in the splendid city of New York. Nonetheless, it was his extraordinary performance at Wimbledonthat will have tennis enthusiasts salivating for generations to come. Facing off against the heavily favoured Djokovic in his first-ever Wimbledon final, Alcaraz kept his cool and showed no signs of intimidation, ultimately emerging victorious after an epic battle lasting nearly five hours.
Next season, he’s the one who’s set to give Djokovic a run for his money. He managed to defeat the Serbian champion not once, not twice, but thrice in the year 2023. With triumphs on both grass and hard courts, he poses a real threat in every grand slam event
Norway doesn’t exactly scream “tennis powerhouse.” We all know Scandinavia is all about winter sports, but wait till you hear this: Erling Haaland shook things up and made football all the rage. And guess what? The Land of the Midnight Sun has its very own tennis prodigy too – Casper Ruud.
The Oslo prodigy has already stepped foot in three epic Grand Slam finals, gracing the limelight at the 2022 US Open and endlessly mesmerizing with back-to-back appearances in the French Open finals. But it’s on the famed clay courts of Paris where this 24-year-old sensation truly becomes a force to be reckoned with.
Ruud is quite the superfan of none other than the legendary Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay. It was the Spaniard himself who defeated Ruud in his very first Slam final at Roland Garros back in 2022. And then, to add salt to the wound, Ruud lost to Djokovic in the exact same stage the following year. But he hasn’t let that get him down. In fact, he has moulded his game style after Nadal, which explains why he performs so spectacularly in France. Now, as the gates eagerly open for the 2024 French Open in May, Ruud is hoping that the saying “third time’s the charm” holds true.
You never want to dismiss Daniil Medvedev. This Russian tennis ace knows how to make a statement, especially on hard courts. Just look at his triumphant run at the 2021 US Open. He managed to make it to not one, but two consecutive Australian Open finals in 2021 and 2022. And let’s not forget about his recent success at the December US Open. Looks like he’s got his sights set on adding more shiny trophies to his growing collection in 2024.
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