Australian Open: Over the next two weeks, all eyes will be on the stars of the ATP Tour, who will compete for the coveted championship trophy at the Australian Open. However, many players are flying under the radar and could cause a sensation in Melbourne Park. This year’s first Grand Slam tournament offers a new opportunity for all participants, especially those who have been promoted to the 2019 ATP Challenger circuit.
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There are many questions to answer in the next 14 days, and the stakes can never be higher. For those who have reached the FedEx ATP classification on the Challenger track, getting a place in the Grand Slam Main Event is an important reward. A platform to show their skills and finally take the next step of the ATP Tour, which offers a huge opportunity for the world scene.
For many stars of the challenger, the solid performance of the Australian Open can change their careers as they aim for the top 100 and beyond. So which players are ready to cause serious damage to the draw? Let’s watch Down Under at five o’clock …
Heel Glickspr (NED)
Six of the 16 players who stood out in the playoffs made their Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open. Welcome to the big show, Tallon Griekspoor, Mario Vilella Martinez, Mohamed Safwat, Daniel Elahi Grand Elahi Galan), Max Purcell and Alejandro Tabilo.
Few are ready for the dazzling glory of the Grand Slam like the emerging Dutch star Glickspr. After winning his first challenger title in 2018, the Haarlem native made his mark in the exceptional campaign of 2019.
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In his consecutive years, Grixp won a frustrating victory for Stan Wawrinka and Karen Khachanov at his ATP 500 event in Rotterdam. After his patience test, the first 20 victories came from behind, and the loyal family was happy with two wonderful performances. In fact, as 2019 progresses, his victory over Khachanov takes him to the next level.
The highest career 161 in the FedEx ATP ranking will follow the Tampere Challenger final and the Bania Luka Championship. The 23-year-old aims to guide Dutch tennis into the new decade with an aggressive frame of mind and solid bottom line results. After not losing in qualifying, he will play his first Grand Slam game on Tuesday against number 29 seed Taylor Fritz.
Corentin Mutter (FRA)
If his performance at the ATP 250 event in Doha opens to show his performance in the 2020 season, it seems that the era of the challenger de Morty has arrived. The 20-year-old entered his first ATP final in qualifying to beat Qatar for a decisive victory over Milos Raonic, Fernando Vedasco and Stan Wawrinka Champion of Exxon Mobil Open. For one of the best stars of the challenger in 2019, this is an impressive start to the season.
The Frenchman #NextGenATP reached a career 70th peak in the FedEx ATP ranking, which is the driving force behind a series of good performances from last year’s ATP Challenger Tour. Semi-finals from Moutet to Chennai and laterite from Lyon, Rennes, Saint-Brieuc and Tallahassee, and Samarkand Classification in the runner-up.
He first saw it in the top 100 with a 29-14 record, but it didn’t stop there. At the age of 20, Mutter already had extensive Grand Slam experience when entering Melbourne Park. He not only entered the third round at Roland Garros, but also beat Grigor Dimitrov in the opening match of the Wimbledon Open.
Moutet will have to pass on this experience to the Australian Open on Monday in match 5 against Marin Cilic. Auckland finalist Benoit Paire and ninth seed Roberto Bautista Agut are also in the draw.
Dennis Novak (AUT)
Like Moutet, Novak started a wave when its “Down Under” campaign started. The ten best doubles champion Julian Knowle is leaving and the Austrian is at the right time to start the new season.
Soon, Novak debuted in the top 100 in 2020 and played against Guido Pella in the Sydney ATP Cup. From there, he reached the Australian Open qualifying position with 99 brilliant new positions on the FedEx ATP ranking but did not lose.
Since debuting at Wimbledon in 2018 and entering the third qualifying round, Novak has struggled to achieve its major breakthrough. Last year, the 26-year-old won his first ATP Challenger Tour trophy in Taipei, went on the grass final in Ilkley and indoor clay court in Bratislava. A second laurel was won on the field. It was all the content of the 27-14 campaign that led him to climb the FedEx ATP ranking.
Novak played against Hubert Hurkacz in the 19th century on Monday