One returning and five new tennis stars…Tennis classics in Budapest again on December 3!
Australian former world number 1 with 11 career titles. Winner at US Open twice (1997, 1998) and runner-up twice at Wimbledon (2000, 2001). Excellent serve-and-volley player. Inducted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
Former world number 1 from Sweden, with 33 career titles. Won the Australian Open (1983, 1984, 1988), the French Open (1982, 1985, 1988) and the US Open (1988) grand slams. He still holds numerous records, including being the youngest Australian Open champion, playing 3 consecutive Australian Open finals and the longest Davis Cup match (against McEnroe). The younger generation may know him better from Eurosport’s Game, Set & Mats where he offers his insights.
He was no. 1 in the ITF junior world singles rankings. Currently world number 65, highest ranking no. 8 (in 2006). Highest achievements in Grand Slams are an Australian Open final and a Wimbledon semifinal, both in 2006.
A passionate, very talented player. You can tell he lives for tennis. Amazing points, it can be really infuriating what returns he is capable of. Baghdatis is so passionate that when he needs to let off some steam, he breaks not one, but four rackets:
I wonder if he’ll break any for the show…
Currently world number 12 from Germany. He has won 14 titles during his career. He played three semifinals at Australian Open (1999, 2002, 2007), one semifinal at Wimbledon (2009) and won silver medal at the Olympic Games (2000). His best ranking is 2nd from 2002. He was very close to becoming no. 1. when his father went into coma after a serious accident. Tommy stopped playing for months and then he was troubled by various injuries. After his return he quickly returned to the top again.
He can be a funny guy:
Currently world number 9, highest ranking no. 5 (in 2012). 10 career titles. Grand slam achievements: Australian Open final (2008), French Open semifinal (2013), Wimbledon semifinal (2011, 2012). Silver medal at the Olympic Games (2012). Like Haas, Tsonga was also hindered by various injuries during his career.
His play is spectacular and entertaining. I reckon mostly he will provide the most laughs this year (here’s Tsonga trying Haas’s trick on Federer), but he can certainly fight with great determination as well.
David Ferrer Gael Monfils
Update: Unfortunately Ferrer will not come after all, I let him explain:
So this means losing the best ranked current player, but the good news is Gael Monfils will come instead and that guarantees lots of fun.
Currently no. 3 (his highest so far). 20 career titles. Best Grand Slam achievements: Australian Open semi-finals (2011, 2013), French Open final (2013), US Open semifinal (2007, 2012).
An when it comes to determination, Ferrer is the king, who is considered to be the best returner by Federer and Darren Cahill. Ferrer exhibits consistent baseline play, great fitness and speed and perhaps most importantly – an immense determination to win. He is the highest ranked of the actives this year, standing at no. 3.
Yes, this means no Bahrami this year, but I think everyone can agree that the above list is pretty awesome – I’d even say the best so far. So 2013.12.03., Papp László Budapest Sportaréna, Budapest.