The 2015 ATP and WTA seasons have begun, and we’re only a few weeks out from the first Major of the year. Several young players showed great promise in 2014, but can they carry that momentum into the New Year? Let’s take a look at some of the Breakout Stars for 2015.
Belinda Bencic, 17, Switzerland
Bencic follows a strong lineage of Swiss stars including World No. 1 icons Roger Federer and Martina Hingis, and the 17-year-old has shown glimpses of becoming the next great Swiss player. Under the guidance of Hingis’ mother, Melanie Molitor, the 17-year-old possesses the Championship pedigree and talent to emerge as a Breakout Star in 2015.
David Goffin, 24, Belgium
David Goffin put on quite a show in the second half of 2014, racking up 44 wins and only four defeats after his exit from Wimbledon. The legendary pace put the young Belgian in rare company, as the 24-year-old became only the fifth player in the Tour’s history to post a win-streak of at least 20 matches. Goffin has shown flashes of greatness, and 2015 could be the year that he puts it all together.
Madison Keys, 19, United States
Madison Keys is the youngest player ranked in the WTA top 30 and reached a career-high ranking of No. 27 in 2014. The 19-year-old American continues to ascend up the leaderboard and a visit inside the Top 20 is not out of the question. Keys has all the attributes of a potential star and 2015 could be the year that she begins her ascent from promising young player to household name.
Nick Krygios, 19, Australia
The 19-year-old Australian comes into 2015 with high hopes after a promising 2014 campaign, which included a triumph against three-time BNP Paribas Open Champion Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, and the prestigious Newcombe Medal, Australia’s top tennis honor. The six-foot-four Kyrgios possesses elite physical attributes with the skill of a player beyond his years, and 2015 could be a breakout year for the top-ranked Aussie.
Honorable Mention: Borna Coric, Caroline Garcia, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Ana Konjuh, Garbine Muguruza.