Trending in Tennis: Alcaraz and Vondrousova leading the charge

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The 2023 Wimbledon Championships have not been finished for a full 24 hours yet and action is already starting up again on both tours. But what a Wimbledon it was! We likely unofficially crowned a new king of tennis in Carlos Alcaraz.

However, before moving on we have to take a look at who is trending up and who needs to right the ship. Like, is Coco Gauff ever going to take the next step toward being great? And is Chris Eubanks doing that?

As usual, recent winners (hello there Alcaraz and Vondrousova!) get a big boost in this section so you will see some popular names on the list. Without further ado, let’s jump into it!

Trending in tennis this week: Carlos Alcaraz, of course!

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Carlos Alcaraz – Ending Novak Djokovic’s 10-year reign of dominance at Wimbledon while also securing your first title in the process is a great way to go about things. 20 years old and Alcaraz is a 2-time Grand Slam champion and firmly established as World No. 1. His era could be eerily similar to the one we are seeing the end of. The bottom line, this man is very, very good.

Marketa Vondrousova – Winning a Grand Slam is hard enough on its own. Doing so as an unseeded player is another thing entirely. But Vondrousova did it! The newly minted World No. 10 defeated 5 seeds in her seven wins in London including three top-12 seeds. Now a Top-10 player and Grand Slam champion, hopefully, the Czech star can push on in her career.

Christopher Eubanks – What a run on the grass it was for the 27-year-old journeyman. Chris Eubanks won his first career ATP Title at Mallorca before heading to Wimbledon for his debut. Things went pretty well seeing as he made a sensational run to the quarterfinals before falling in a tough 5-setter to Daniil Medvedev. If he can keep this confidence his career could just truly be getting started at this stage.

Elina Svitolina – The Ukrainian star has only been back on tour for a few months after becoming a new mother. All she has done in that time is win the title in Strasbourg, reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, and now the semifinals at Wimbledon as a non-seed. Oh, and at Wimbledon she also took down World No. 1 Iga Swiatek. On April 24th, she was 1,088th in the rankings. Today she’s back up to No. 27.

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Sebastian Korda – Fresh off a semifinal run at the Queen’s Club, the American was tabbed by many as a dark horse at Wimbledon. However, he fell in the 1st round to the 528th-ranked Jiri Vesely. It was an anticlimactic ending to his grass court season that definitely left a bitter taste in his mouth.

Coco Gauff – Gauff could be considered unlucky in her draw at Wimbledon as she was the 7-seed but still faced a former Grand Slam champion in the 1st round, Sofia Kenin. Even though she was upset, the quality of tennis itself was high-level. The reason she falls in this section is based on the last few months of results, she has yet to make an indelible mark during the spring and summer. Hopefully, hard courts help her get the big result she is capable of.

Maria Sakkari – The World No. 9 lost in the 1st round at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Not good results considering the powerful Greek is considered a dark horse at minimum at the Grand Slams. A semifinal showing in Berlin does not do enough to mask these unacceptable early exits on the big stage.

Borna Coric – One might be surprised to learn that Coric is the 15th-ranked male player in the world. His recent results would support your surprise. He has not won a match on tour since reaching the 3rd Round at Roland Garros. His latest stumble was as the 13-seed at Wimbledon where he lost in five sets to the clay-court specialist Guido Pella.

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While Alcaraz and Vondrousova celebrate, we can officially put the 2023 Wimbledon Championships in the books. The post-Wimbledon mini clay court swing is in full effect while Newport hosts the final grass event of the season. Come back next week to see who begins their path to the US Open in fine form.