Race NextGen – Alcaraz leads, but how much Italy: Sinner and Musetti and more

than the great Nole. But Sinner was up two sets to none and in a commanding position against the eventual tournament victor.

Lorenzo Musetti, a very talented tennis player who had never before found a winning exploit, finally did so in Hamburg, continuing Italy’s season after grass.

One point away from elimination in the first round, the Carrarino went on to play his best match of his career and win the tournament, defeating the newly crowned world number five, Carlos Alcaraz.

In the NextGen race, Italy is a top performer.

But beyond these three trends, Italian tennis is experiencing a golden age. This 2022 season’s best young players can be found in the NextGen rankings, where Italy fares especially well.

Including Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti, two other Italians, Francesco Passaro and Luca Nardi, also placed in the top 10. Eight Italians are ranked in the top twenty, and there are many promising young players to keep an eye on, including Cobolli, Maestrelli, Darderi, and Giulio Zeppieri, the latter of whom won his first match in the mag circuitgiore in Umag just the day before.

It’s fantastic news for Italian tennis that so many promising young players are on the cusp of making it to the “tennis that counts,” following in the footsteps of rising stars like Jannik and Lorenzo. To better understand where NextGen stands, let’s compare: