The teenagers are causing a furore at the US Open tennis this year. With the women, Emma Raducanu (18) and Leylah Fernandez (19) are in the final, with the men Carlos Alcaraz (18) gave up tiredly in the quarterfinals. Our tennis reporter Dirk Gerlo introduces them to you.
Last year I thought the US Open was a dead affair. There was that fantastic men’s final between Thiem and Zverev, but with an audience, the grand slam tournament is really a tennis party again this year. Even more than Roland Garros or Wimbledon. Thanks to the typical New York fans and thanks to the teenagers.
That Nadal or Federer are not on the field? Nobody cares about that anymore. Emma Raducanu, Leylah Fernadez and Carlos Alcaraz now provide the spectacle.
Leylah Fernandez (19): Player without fear
Leylah Fernandez has sent home defending champion Naomi Osaka, former number 1 Angelique Kerber and ex-number 3 Elena Svitolina in New York.
We got to know the Canadian when she beat current Olympic champion Belinda Bencic early last year.
On September 6, Fernandez celebrated her 19th birthday in New York. With her left and with her spirit she is causing a furore at the US Open. Fernandez knows no fear, no stress.
This is how she makes the difference against experienced professional players. The young Canadian is always going full steam ahead, looking for the corners and a first or second serve? She doesn’t care.
Emma Raducanu (18): A’s at school
Emma Raducanu confirms her Wimbledon performance at the US Open. There she reached the 1/8th finals, now the teenager is doing even better.
Like Fernandez, Raducanu was born in Canada. She grew up in Great Britain where she got all A’s at school.
You can see that when she plays tennis. She stands with a helicopter view on the terrain and carefully carries out what her coach has put on paper.
And if we are to believe that, Raducanu is only at 50 to 60 percent of its potential.
Carlos Alcaraz (18): Hit the ball so hard
Carlos Alcaraz is a young guy from Spain and is therefore invariably compared to Rafael Nadal. He has the energy of Nadal, but excels more on hard courts.
His rock hard blows come out better there. His forehand is good for strokes of 125 km/h. That is 5 km/h faster than the other players.
Alcaraz also overpowers his opponents with his backhand. That is good for strokes of 121 km/h or 8 km/h faster than the competition.